Audition ★★★★½

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The Japanese answer to the torture porn fad, over a decade before it began. And the Japanese know a thing or two about horror!

The film begins so mundanely, with such a pedestrian plot; set up a fake audition, to meet a girl. Simple, or so you would believe. All I can say is, Ryo Ishibashi sure knows how to pick 'em!

Eihi Shiina is an absolute joy to watch. There is no malice, no hatred, just simple calculating. Asami moves through the entire film, seemingly so innocent, yet with an underlying psychosis. Bitches truly be crazy. Her torture at the last was enough to influence such films as 'Hard Candy', 'I Spit on your Grave' remake, 'Saw' and 'Hostel'.

A great film, simple, brutal and unassuming. 'Audition' is probably my favorite Japanese horror.

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