Miike wasn’t kidding when he said that his adaptation started as one thing and gradually ended in another. “Audition” starts off like a romantic comedy, with widower Aoyama playing a film producer to meet potential new partners. A sweet young winner emerges from the process, which is all game and fun until a bag the size of a human begins wriggling in her apartment. Aoyama’s post-audition phone call interrupted the eerie silence in the strange girl’s room, where she was hunched over, seemingly waiting for that call for days. The bag moving in the background is responsible for one of the scariest jumps in horror movie history – number 11, according to Bravo’s The 100 Scariest Movie Moments. It reveals Asami’s unstable mental state, which emerges during the film’s terrifying climax.
Without going into grisly specifics, Asami reveals herself to be a tumultuous woman whose traumatic childhood forged a fairly healthy association between love and pain. In stark contrast to the confines of the rest of the film’s 113-minute run, the final 20 minutes of oddity is a parade of transgressions throughout family, family, and flesh. The bravest can try watching a clip of the sequence here (here with spoilers):
Fans and critics are divided over their interpretation of the choking finale: are the torture scenes the result of Aoyama’s misogynistic nightmare, or is the story itself? A cautionary feminist revenge story? Whatever it is, it will help you wake up at night.
https://www.slashfilm.com/1005428/takashi-miike-was-careful-with-where-he-put-the-most-violent-parts-of-audition/ Takashi Miike was careful where he put the most violent parts of the audition