Audition ★★★★★

Every time I watch this movie, it feels different, which I think is probably a testament to how clever it is. This time, I think as a result of watching it so soon after Kairo, I really felt the sense of all-consuming loneliness. It plays out like a ghost story, a man lured inevitably towards his fate by a siren in a white dress, and the ending - cruel, painful, unforgettable - is the only way a story like that could end.