Cliff’s review published on Letterboxd:
We are supposed to find Asami way sexier as a torturer than as a lonely, vulnerable young woman, right? Because she definitely is.
I don't understand why people say that Audition tricked them into thinking it was a lovely fluffy rom-com until the last 20 minutes. It starts with a woman dying, the tone remains downbeat almost throughout, the first moment of shock horror comes 48 minutes in, and the tension is wound tighter from thereon out.
Of course, in real life Max Clifford was convicted of doing the same thing that this film's hero does: telling young women that they had an audition for a movie, and then using that power over them to get them to suck his knob. Maybe the sentencing judge should've set Asami upon him.