Profiles in Horror: Asami Yamazaki, “Audition”

Throughout the month of October, we will be profiling a character from our favorite horror movies.  As we countdown to Halloween, we will cover all sorts of baddies, from the iconic slashers to the less known evils that still haunt our sleepless night. Please feel free to chime in and let us know what your favorite memories or moments are in relation to these abominations as we inch one step closer to the Witching Hour on October 31

Asami Yamazaki – Audition


First Appearance: Audition(1999)
Total Number of Appearances: 1
Portrayed by : Eihi Shiina|
Weapon of Choice: Piano Wire
Special Abilities: Manipulation and being able to cut through bone like paper.

Getting back into the dating game can’t be an easy task.  Especially when you’re a middle aged man with a seventeen year old son.  The bar scene is a little played out, and you feel a little pathetic joining a dating website.    Well, Shigeharu Aoyama(Ryo Ishibashi) has a plan that is sure to help you meet that special person very soon.  All you gotta do is have a rich friend who is a producer hold a fake audition.  Go to it and meet lots of girls for the part.  When you see someone you like, tell your friend so she won’t get the part.  Then just head on over to her place and let the sparks fly.  Background check on the girl you’ve chosen is not available.

Personal Thoughts:  I bought this movie at a pawn shop after  I read the quote of a critic on the box.  It said (I’m paraphrasing) “This is what it must have felt like to have seen The Psycho shower scene when it was first released”.  I remember my parents talking about how scared and shocked they were of that moment when they first watched it.  It’s a classic scene, but it never shocked me as much and besides.  The horror genre has gotten a lot more graphic with it’s content since the 60’s.  Well Audition sure as hell surprised me.  I had no idea that this was a horror movie  because the scares don’t happen right away.   It starts off as a mellow drama that gets turned into a rom-com.  Then later it gets  turned into a mystery which then ends in of the most insane WTF moments I have ever seen.  Eihi Shiina as Asami is so good that even certain words will make you shiver just by themselves.  I don’t want to spoil anything but the last 15 minutes are some of the most surreal and horrific moments I have seen put on film.  This was the first movie I have seen by director Takashi Miike and after that I was both excited and hesitant to see his other films.   If you have never seen this before the best way is to go into it completely blind.  I will never forget this movie and most likely neither will you.

Iconic Status: 7
Creativity: 8
Scare Factor: 7
Kill Factor: 1
Horror Score: 5.75

What do you think about this person on this list? Does Asami Yamazaki deserve to be a horror icon? Leave your thoughts below in the comments.  Thanks for reading.


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