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Gruesome revenge fantasy isn't for kids.
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 115 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Though rules of etiquette are strictly adhered to, arranged marriages are the norm, and women are constantly objectified and confused with material possessions ("don't mix cars and women").


Body parts are sliced, diced, and completely dismembered.




Girls are referred to as "stupid" and "bitch".

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking at bars and lounges, smoking, the protagonist's drink is drugged with a paralyzing substance.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is rampant with bizarre sadomasochistic gore and violence. Fingers and tongues are chopped off. A man's eyes are stabbed with acupuncture needles. A little girl is tortured and burned with an iron, a man is horribly disfigured, trapped in a bag, and fed vomit, a woman tortures a man by cutting off his feet, puncturing his eyes with needles; various graphic and grisly S&M sequences. Girls undress for men during an audition, a father has explicit fantasies involving a co-worker and his son's teenage girlfriend, a ballet teacher tortures and molests his student. Themes of incest and trauma are also present.

What's the story?

Shaken by his wife's death, TV executive Shigeharu (Ryo Ishibashi) bonds with his young son. Together, they share meals, jokes -- even dating tips. It's one of these harmless teenage suggestions from his son that puts AUDITION's gears in motion. Shigeharu holds a taped live casting call for the most beautiful, educated women of Japan, but he's really searching for a new wife. Enter demure, beautiful Asami Yamazaki (Elhi Shiina), who is everything Shigeharu hoped for. He begins a cat and mouse game to land her affections. After a few dates, she agrees to marry him, but it's not a happy marriage. Angry at the lies he's told her, Asami drugs and brutally tortures Shigeharu, to educate him in the laws of pain. The ghost of a former boss surfaces -- a hideously deformed creature unable to move or speak. She has kept him trapped in a bag, cut off his feet and tongue, and fed him a bowl of her own vomit. The abused abuse others. The cycle continues, until the social order itself it is altered.

Is it any good?


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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the different social traditions of other cultures, how to cope with abuse and loss, the effects our dreams can have on us, and finding productive ways of dealing with our emotions when we're hurt by others.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 30, 2002
DVD/Streaming release date:October 30, 2002
Cast:Eihi Shiina, Ryo Ishibashi, Tetsu Sawaki
Director:Takashi Miike
Run time:115 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:violence/torture and sexuality

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Kid, 10 years old February 28, 2010
good for kids to mature
What other families should know
Great messages
Adult Written byShortswald March 2, 2012

Fatal Attraction

The film deals with finding the right woman. The film is strong on the torture scenes, there is a man that puts huts stuff near a woman's private parts. The climax of the film is a woman slowly torturing a man and cutting his foot. The film deals of how you shouldn't get a woman, also there is a scene of a dog killed by the evil woman. The message of the film is clear but it is truly disturbing and hard to stomach. There is also a man shown his tongue, fingers, and feet cut out. A real horror threat abut I don't think kids should see this. There is a scene of sex, but only the lady's back is shown. The first half of the film is soft, but the second half is what truly makes this film disturbing, graphic, hard-to-see film! No kids under seventeen should watch this movie.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Adult Written byspiderbaby November 29, 2008


This is an amazing and frightening movie. Not for children though.