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October 31, 2007

Now that I’m over that rush of excitement, I bring to you a link I found while poking around the internet looking to see if any celebrities recently died (Robert Goulet, RIP). I dodged some links about Tommy Lee and Britney and found something at least worth reading: Some guy who works for TIME’s 25 top horror movies (nobody can resist the Halloween theme). The list isn’t that great, and he starts talking about movies that were made before I even realized movies could be made, which nobody cares about. Thankfully he leaves off every single Japanese ghost girl movie in existence (the remake of The Ring is pretty good, the original looks like a high school film class project). But he does not forget the land of the rising sun/median citizen age/bank crisis, and includes my all-time favorite creepy movie: Audition.

From the TIME article:

Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) is a lonely widow looking for a mate, a dream girl, or perhaps merely a receptacle for his misery. Pretending to audition women for a TV show, he finds Asami (Eihi Shiina), who will both bring his lust to boiling and knock his fantasies into agonizing reality. “Words create lies,” Asami sagely says. “Pain can be trusted.” She tests that trust by severing a foot with piano wire and employing a method of needle probing we might call eye-cupuncture. The crafty, impossibly prolific Takashi Miike ā€” he has directed 75 movies and TV films since 1971 ā€” is a master of the grotesque in many genres. (Catch his comix fantasy Fudoh: The New Generation, his yakuza drama Gozu and the indescribably strange family epic Visitor Q.) But unlike Saw and its imitators in the genre of torture porn, Audition doesn’t go for gore-ific money shots. Miike’s films live inside their characters, taking the temperature of their longings, the ridiculous ambitions they chase so obsessively, their need to experience the extreme to prove they’re alive.

Audition has to be the primary infleunce for the recent flood of Saw and Hostel (Takashi Miike actually has a quick cameo in the original Hostel, and if you’re as big of a dork as me, you knew who he was and got excited) movies and their clones, although it doesn’t really become that type of film until the last scene. But it is crazy and creepy as all hell, even with subtitles. I’m not sure I’d call it a horror movie, but it definitely leaves you feeling like you need to go do something really uplifting and innocent afterwards. Miike is definitely one of my favorite directors, and it’s worth noting that his contribution to Showtime’s “Masters of Horror” series was actually banned from being shown on premium cable (seriously). He also directed One Missed Call, which is probably the best Japanese ghost girl movie to date.

Audition is definitely worth watching if you can manage to find it (read: if you have the internet). It’s probably tied for my favorite foreign film of all-time, sharing the honor with Amelie…uh, I mean, Battle Royale, whose IMDB plot outline is very blunt:

In future Japan, the government capture a class of ninth-grade students and force them to kill each other under the revolutionary ‘Battle Royale’ act.

The chick with the flail from Kill Bill actually tries to stab a guy in the penis in this movie. Freaking awesome.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Adam permalink*
    October 31, 2007 6:07 pm

    Seeing as #20 on that guy’s list is Bambi, I’m not sure I can believe anything else he says

  2. Adam permalink*
    October 31, 2007 7:32 pm

    Also not to be too big of a nerd but I don’t think Gogo’s weapon in Kill Bill was a flail. It didn’t have the characteristic flail handle on it. It was just a really long chain with a razor-edged ball on the end:,%20Chiaki

  3. andy permalink*
    October 31, 2007 7:38 pm

    Yes, the name you have for it is so much better “really long chain with a razor-edged ball on the end”.

  4. marino permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:08 pm

    scariest movie i’ve ever seen is called “Kolobos”

    random ass blockbuster rental that is basically Saw, only done about 5 years before Saw I. shit is nuts, and definitely worth watching.

  5. Adam permalink*
    October 31, 2007 8:09 pm

    Wikipedia calls it a meteor hammer. That sounds more badass than “flail”

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