Fans of horror need no introduction to this one. Fans of Takashi Mike need no introduction to this one. But for those of you in the dark…
Audition is about widower, Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), whose son proposes that he finds a new wife. Aoyama agrees. So, he and a friend stage a bogus audition to meet a prospective new partner to share the remainder of his life with. After several “auditions” Aoyama becomes connected to Asami (Eihi Shiina) who shares the mutual admiration. As their relationship grows, so does the darkness that surrounds Asami.
Arrow Video’s release of one of the most notorious J-horror films ever does not disappoint. This special edition bluray has some of the best and most informative contents I’ve ever witnessed. Given the type of collector I am, you know I don’t make the statement from the hip.
Special Edition Contents include:
• Brand new 2K restoration of original vault elements
• Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
• Optional English Subtitles
• Audio commentary with director Takashi Mike and screenwriter Daisuke Tengan
• Brand new commentary by Miike biographer Tom Mes examining the film and it’s source novel
• Introduction by Miike
• Ties That Bind: A brand new interview with Takashi Miike
• Interviews with stars Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi and Ren Osugi
• Damaged Romance: An appreciation by Japanese cinema historian Tony Rayns
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin