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Air Doll (2009)

Kûki ningyô (original title)
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A life-size blow-up doll develops a soul and falls in love with a video store clerk.

Director:

Hirokazu Koreeda

Writers:

Yoshiie Goda (manga), Hirokazu Koreeda (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Doona Bae ... Nozomi
Arata Iura ... Junichi (as Arata)
Itsuji Itao ... Hideo
Joe Odagiri ... Air Doll Maker
Sumiko Fuji Sumiko Fuji ... Widow
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sei Andô Sei Andô
Tasuku Emoto ... Peep-tom Student
Mari Hayashida Mari Hayashida
Mari Hoshino Mari Hoshino ... Apple Woman
Ryô Iwamatsu Ryô Iwamatsu ... Owner of Video Rental Shop
Tomomi Maruyama ... Moe's father
Miu Naraki Miu Naraki ... Moe
Jyonmyon Pe Jyonmyon Pe
Masaya Takahashi Masaya Takahashi ... Ex-substitute Teacher
Susumu Terajima ... Policeman
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A sex doll who is both a sexual companion and the recipient of her owner's all-around affection comes to life and becomes self aware. She begins to experience and experiment with life and has so many questions including many when she coincidentally walks into a video store and is hired by the shorthanded manager. She begins to experience and query birth, life and death. In the meantime, her owner is taking his time cluing in to his doll roaming around the city and having a life. Written by aghaemi

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Trivia

In the movie store where Nozomi (Doona Bae) works, The Matrix (1999) directed by The Wachowskis can be seen among other DVDs. Doona Bae has worked with The Wachowskis three times since: Cloud Atlas (2012), Sense8 (2015 - ?), and Jupiter Ascending (2015). See more »

Quotes

Junichi: Was everything you saw in this world sad? Was there something, anything, that was beautiful?
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References Donnie Brasco (1997) See more »

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Probably never look at blow up dolls or people that use it the same way again
19 October 2010 | by KineticSeoulSee all my reviews

When I first heard about this movie, I thought it was going to be similar to "LARS AND THE REAL GIRL". But instead of the plot revolving around the guy that is obsessed over a blow up doll, the story is mainly told in the blow up dolls point of view when she comes to life and finds a heart. And yeah some aspects of the film is creepy as it's sounds, kinda creepy version of Pinocchio and also seems to have more depth to it as well. The thing is for the most part, the premise is sort of original and was pretty interesting for the first half of the movie, but slowly started to lose my interest. Basically starts out with a living blow up doll that acts similar to a girl that has amnesia and has to learn everything all over again while falling in love, than later goes in the darker parts of life direction. Which worked fine, but didn't really grab my attention all the way through. The theme is about the value of life that makes us human and goes in the bright and dark side of life in a sort of a fairy tale manner. While also showing how people make substitutes for the stuff they want or have lost. From what I know blow up dolls are made for people that don't have a chance with a real girl, so it's there to help satisfy the sexual desires. I am not sure if Doona Bae was the right actress for this role playing the live blow up doll, but she did a fine job playing all naive and innocent. This is one of those movies where you have to just go with the premise of the movie, although some of the character reactions just doesn't make sense or awkward at times, your just gonna have to go with the flow of how the characters react to a live blow up doll. Although this has some bright elements to it, most of it is pretty depressing while showing life in general in a realistic way and the loss of innocence. I don't know how many japs use blow up dolls as substitutes although I heard that a lot of them uses it. This movie did a decent job of portraying the sad parts of society. All in all it's pretty good fantasy film that reflects on some societies and some people in general. There is also a lot of erotic scenes in this.

7.5/10


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 September 2009 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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$1,208,769
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1.85 : 1
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