Movie review by
S. Jordan Mattos, Common Sense Media
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Gruesome revenge fantasy isn't for kids.
  • R
  • 2002
  • 115 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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".

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMartin_Canine March 16, 2015

Gruesome, gritty, filled with suspense

"Audition" has the tension and dramatic composition of a classic Hitchcock thriller. It starts off with a seemingly harmless, almost romantic plot and... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous November 16, 2020
Teen, 14 years old Written bypattybateman September 20, 2020

Favorite movie

Great movie. Watched it when I was 12 and was my favorite movie since then. Some disturbing scenes around the end.
Teen, 14 years old Written byFilms123 August 8, 2020

Brutal but unforgettable thriller is for older teens only

Audition is insanely violent, with numerous amounts of torture with needles, piano wire, flames, and much more. It’s a brutal and sometimes surreal thriller tha... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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