In a movie world saturated by routine horror, how does one create...true horror? The Japanese director Takashi Miike achieved it in this great, primal nightmare, which is no J-horror genre film; it's more like Psycho for the age of feminine empowerment. A lonely widower (Ryo Ishibashi) arranges to ''audition'' women for a movie (he's really looking for a wife). He meets Asami (Eihi Shiina), a passive and seductive mystery girl, who acts out her damage by putting men through the tortures of the damned. To watch Audition is to be afraid, very afraid.