Takashi Miike Was Careful With Where He Put The Most Violent Parts Of Audition

Dates can go very wrong in horror movies.

Carrie White’s prom date with Tommy Ross goes up in flames before the last dance, in both Stephen King’s novel “Carrie” and Brian De Palma’s film adaptation.

In Sean Byrne’s Aussie horror movie “The Loved Ones,” poor Brett doesn’t even make it to his school dance after rejecting Lola, who hosts a macabre dance of her own.

All grotesqueries of romantic relationships find screen time in the genre.So when Takashi Miike signed on to adapt Ryū Murakami’s 1997 novel “Audition,” he picked up on its themes of voyeurism, sexism, and exploitation in the entertainment industry — its leading man Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) holds a shady “audition” for his next wife, launching the story’s events into motion — but left its nastiest moments for the finale, long after audience is embedded into the mysterious allure of Aoyama’s chosen bride,

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