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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Doona Bae ... Nozomi
Arata Iura Arata Iura ... Junichi (as Arata)
Itsuji Itao Itsuji Itao ... Hideo
Joe Odagiri ... Air Doll Maker
Junko Fuji Junko Fuji ... Widow (as Sumiko Fuji)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sei Andô Sei Andô
Tasuku Emoto Tasuku Emoto ... Peep-tom Student
Mari Hoshino Mari Hoshino ... Apple Woman
Ryô Iwamatsu Ryô Iwamatsu ... Owner of Video Rental Shop
Tomomi Maruyama Tomomi Maruyama ... Moe's father
Miu Naraki Miu Naraki ... Moe
Masaya Takahashi Masaya Takahashi ... Ex-substitute Teacher
Susumu Terajima Susumu Terajima ... Policeman
Kimiko Yo ... Receptionist
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Storyline

A life-size blow-up doll develops a soul and falls in love with a video store clerk.

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 September 2009 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Air Doll See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Nozomi: Having a heart was heartbreaking.
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References The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004) See more »

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a Human Doll like all of us
17 April 2010 | by Radu_ASee all my reviews

Once again, Koreeda Hirokazu puts the finger on his recurring topic: the insular lifestyle in urban Japan, and how interactions fail to achieve fulfillment.

The premise of a sex doll coming to life may appear a bit irksome, but 'Air Doll' is Koreeda's most introspective film to date because he establishes a solitary principal character observing her surroundings. This allows for a somewhat analytical narrative comment which goes beyond an exclusive focus on Tokyoites. The deductions of the doll Nozomi could be well transmitted to postmodern society as a whole: love excludes ownership, submissiveness culminates in (self)destruction and abandonment, and there is no remedy for a human heart. Some of the lines by which these points are made seem truly unforgettable, such as when the doll's creator mentions that the only distinction between humans and dolls is that we are combustible, while they are non-combustible trash.

As a result, 'Air Doll' is very philosophical and dark, maybe a bit exceedingly so. Yet the film doesn't ignore the humorous implications of an air doll coming to life, which makes for a few breaks in the simple story, as do a number of well-placed side characters. And the slow pace typical for Koreeda's films, plus wonderfully imaginative photography sum up to a thoroughly enjoyable and gratifying movie experience.


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