A beloved example of Extreme Asian cinema, Audition is the critically-acclaimed outing from visionary director Takashi Miike that was adapted from the novel of the same name by Ryu Murakami.
After the death of his wife, the film follows widower Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) as he holds fake auditions to find a new wife. It’s during this ploy to find love where he meets the mild-mannered Asami (Eihi Shiina), and the pair strike up a romance soon after. However, after Asami mysteriously vanishes not long after the pair meet, Shigeharu begins to search for her, taking him on an investigation which uncovers disturbing truths.
While events start off innocently enough things take a drastic turn into the macabre, as at this point as we begin to piece together information about who Asami could be. There’s plenty of horrific imagery found here – including a mutilated man forced to eat vomit – but nothing compares to the notorious torture scene at the climax, which involves acupuncture needles and piano wire.
The scene proved to be so intense that it caused many audience members to walk out during its Rotterdam Festival screening, with one unhappy viewer calling the director "evil" as they stormed out.