2. Audition (1999)
Directed by Takashi Miike
Starring Eihi Shiina and Ryo Ishibashi
I personally like to label this film as “the romantic comedy gone wrong” and I think no other words can perfectly describe Takashi Miike’s masterful romance gone awry, Audition.
Despite being over 20 years old, the psychological horror-thriller has held up incredibly well thanks to the unnerving performance of Eihi Shiina, the film’s immaculate sound design meant to creep out the viewer, and most importantly the story’s exploration of love and how easily it can be manufactured. It’s also a wickedly good time, even as it just builds.
The story concerns a widow, who after years of grieving after the death of his wife, decides to find a new mate by way of literally auditioning women for the part, under the guise of it being for a movie production. He finds a beautiful and soft-spoken woman with whom he bonds instantly, only to realize that she may not be everything she said she is. While it’s easy to predict the order of events, HOW they go about is part of the fun and it’s an easy to provide some great entertainment on a date night. It’s also a legitimately fantastic film, so you got that to go off of as well!