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Audition

Since I've been studying the language, I've had an interest in Japanese film - so when I paid a visit to Truro recently and they had a cool Asian film section in the local SilverScreen branch, I couldn't resist buying a film or two.

One of the films I bought was Audition, a generally well respected movie, which had the notes inside the cover saying something along the lines of, "If you've not watched the film yet, don't read the notes...best watched cold", so I did.

I'm not going to post links to other reviews here, because I would advise you not to read up on it, either, should you decide to watch it.

I've awarded this film my own personal accolade, though - the first ever film that I've watched, where I was so twisted up when watching it, that I actually had to pause it and take a breather for a few minutes. I actually went clammy watching it with my better half. The director (Miike Takashi) has certainly gone to some great lengths to make you almost feel what's going on. I'm not ready to go back to it for a second time yet.

This makes it sound like a gorefest - it's not. The basis of the story is simple - a man, whose wife died several years in the past finally decides to sort out his single life by holding an audition to find his next bride. For the first hour or so, it's a love story.... after that, it's not. I'm giving nothing away.

This film is exceedingly good, but it's not enjoyable - if that makes any sense. You'll feel uncomfortable watching it, but that seems to be Takashi's forte. Watch it. There's enough crappy American films out there to fill a truck - go watch something that makes you feel something.
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