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By S. Jordan Mattos, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Gruesome revenge fantasy isn't for kids.

Movie R 2002 115 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 15+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 18+
This is a great horror movie but definitely not for kids. It’s a slow burn, disturbing throughout, but the film does not become graphically violent until the end. Without spoiling the plot, the movie skewers traditional Japanese patriarchal culture, which values physically attractive but submissive women. A man holds an audition for a fake movie in order to find a new girlfriend and chooses the most beautiful but seemingly shy and compliant woman as “the one.” It does not end well. As a social satire, the film is brilliant; as a horror film, it is bloody good fun; as a film for children, it is exceptionally inappropriate.
age 2+

The best japanese movie

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (4 ):

As a morality tale on the power dynamic between men and women in society, Audition works. Filmmaker Takashi Miike uses a traditional outlook to shock and trick us. By accepting the rules, we expect Shigeharu to marry the woman of his dreams. But when he marries, the movie self-destructs. In effect, we disregard the fact that she, and countless other women in the film, have been deceived and treated like cattle. We still expect a happy ending -- and for that, we're punished severely.

Teens who have already heard about the film's genre switch may watch for thrills, but only a handful will actually be able to sit through the hideous, sickening torture sequences. Those who go in to the film blindly will not enjoy feeling tricked and penalized. This movie is definitely NOT for kids.

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