Directed by Takashi Miike
Aoyama, a widowed TV producer living with his teenage son, decides to remarry several years after his wife’s death. His friend Yoshikawa suggests that he hold an ’audition’ for girls for a non-existent movie and that it would be a way he could choose an attractive candidate to become involved with.
Aoyama is taken with ex-ballet dancer, Asami. He begins dating her and decides to take her away for a romantic weekend, intending to propose. She insists that he must be able to only love her alone, but then she suddenly disappears.
He looks into Asami’s past, and discovers disturbing information regarding an uncle who abused her, but also linking her to possible abductions and disappearances.
As evening falls, Asami breaks into Aoyama’s house and so begins an evening of recriminations and gruesome revenge, in retaliation for her humiliation and his perceived betrayal.
The movie was based on a novella by Ryu Murakami and gained huge notoriety when it provoked mass walk-outs at the Rotterdam Film Festival in 2000. After building a sense of discomfort and trepidation, (who can forget that twitching sack in Asami’s apartment?) Miike unleashes an unbridled assault on audience sensibilities in the final reel. The sight of Asami in her plastic apron and latex gloves, brandishing her hypodermic and cheese-wire, is one not easily erased from the subconscious.