Audition ★★★★★

Takashi Miike is an exquisite and discrete director that, yes, is depraved to some. Through shock, violence, and awe, his films are exclusive in the same way that a video-game helms one console; there's only one source that produces such one-of-a-kind stuff, and Audition might just contain the most of that essence. Its melodrama turned mystery and unspeakable horror story-line embodies the director's interest in real life and horrific unhappiness; two things that go together with shocking and sad results. Where a film like Ichi the Killer played off its nonsensical violence and torture, Audition patiently waits within its slow pace, churning and churning until the ill-fated outcome is incredibly imprinted on its audience.

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