How do we regard “Audition” in 2023? One could argue that its depiction of its female lead (Eihi Shiina) is sexist at best. But post #MeToo, smug older men holding fake film auditions to find a pretty young wife for one of them (Ryo Ishibashi) plays even worse than it did 25 years ago. And Takashi Miike’s subsequent films make it even more impressive that he restrained his over-the-top impulses until the notorious climax. -Lee Gardner
1999 Takashi Miike 1.85:1 Color DCP 115 min. In Japanese with subtitles.