The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Audition
Directed by
Takashi Miike
115
minutes

Come to The Frida Cinema to celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of the most uniquely shocking horror films of the 20th century, Audition—a film infamous for its stomach-turning final twenty minutes.    

Seven years after the death of his wife, widower Shigeharu (Ryo Ishibashi) is urged by his son, Shigehiko, to remarry again.  Not able to find love on his own, Shigeharu turns to his film producer friend to set up an audition for a fake movie, with hopes the finding the ideal wife.  When he comes across the soft-spoken and innocent looking Asami (Eihi Shiina), he’s immediately smitten.  Despite all the warning signs—men in her life disappearing or being murdered—Shigeharu still pursues Asami.  His unwillingness to see that his little angel, Asami, is not really who she appears to be leads him to his own personal hell. 

Audition is a film so disturbing that audience members at the International Film Festival Rotterdam had “…lines formed for the exits during the grisly finale,” per the Los Angeles Times.  Do you think you have what it takes to sit through the final twenty minutes?  Come to The Frida Cinema and find out!


“A true masterpiece if ever there was one.”– Director Quentin Tarantino (Pulp FictionFrom Dusk til’ Dawn)

“Audition is such a brilliant film, because the whole movie is a build up to the [last] 15 minutes.  And so few films do that anymore.” – Director Eli Roth (HostileInglorious Bastards)

“I never feel creeped out by movies.  I just watch them and kind of enjoy them.  And [Audition] was the first time watching, starting to feel, “this movie is creeping me out.” – Director/musician Rob Zombie (House of 1,000 CorpsesThe Devil’s Rejects)