Tuesday, June 17
Audition - Takashi Miike
Audition [Ôdishon] un film din 1999 al regizorului japonez Takashi Miike, un geniu nu as spune al horror-ului ci mai degraba al "ciudatuli". Un film pe care tocmai l-am vazut, si ne fiind o persoana asa sensibila, recunosc ca m-a cam socat. Nu e prima ora cand ma socheaza Takashi, insa clar este unul din preferatii mei (si am aflat de el relativ de curand). Audition e un film de vazut, insa odata cu remarca asta e posibil sa ma aleg pe viitor cu injurii la adresa mea, insa ce sa zic ... incercati s-ar putea sa descoperiti Japonia, cultura lor si misticismul in care pot fi invaluite povestile care vin de la ei. Un film bun, un film de vazut .. de avut.
This is a Takashi Miike film, so you know it's chock full of weirdness and ugliness, and yet still beautiful in some ways. Now it's gone out of print in the US and another import version (Chinese or Japanese) is available in NTSC format, and it's fine if you don't mind somewhat literal subtitles, obviously written by someone that does not speak English as a first language, but that was relatively minor. On to the film: A widower is told by his young son that he's looking old, and a friend of his talks him into staging a fake audition for the purpose of meeting a suitable young bride. Aoyama can sure pick 'em, he is smitten with Asami before he ever sees her in person and seems to fall in love when he actually talks to her, and they go out a few times to dinner and such. There's something not quite right about Asami though, nobody seems to know anything about her and her stories don't check out. Does that stop Aoyama though? No, it doesn't. In further poking around into her background he finds some quite disturbing information that may or may not be connected with her. And poor little Asami just sits around in her room waiting for the phone to ring with a duffel bag with dubious contents sitting nearby. Oh my. This is sort of a journey into David Lynch territory, but generally his films aren't quite this grisly. I think the thing I like the most about Japanese films is the portrayal of young ladies that seem meek and mild and are monsters at heart, and this one is a fine example. Well worth your time to seek out and watch, 8 out of 10 stars.
Widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all... imdb.com
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