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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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").
Violence & Scariness
Body parts are sliced, diced, and completely dismembered.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Girls are referred to as "stupid" and "bitch".
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking at bars and lounges, smoking, the protagonist's drink is drugged with a paralyzing substance.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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