Sunday, 23 September 2012
Why did I ever think it was a good idea to watch a Japanese horror film late at night?
Audition is remarkable in that, for the first 45 minutes, there’s no indication that it actually is a horror film. Rather, it’s a touching drama about a widower trying to find a second wife in order to put his life back together. It even has a touch of comedy, as he auditions a series of women, officially for a film but actually to be his potential partner. This is an unconventional move that a Western horror flick probably wouldn’t risk, but it’s worth it for the investment built in the characters, making the second half even trickier to watch. This then starts to slowly build up a chilling, mysterious element, as he gets involved with a woman that the rules of cinema say he really should stay away from, leading into an horrendously disturbing and violent crescendo. I can honestly say I’ve never felt so uncomfortable in a torture scene before. The film achieves the effect it wants to achieve perfectly.
It’s brilliant, but don’t watch it. I’ll never trust a Japanese woman again.
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