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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.


Hirokazu Koreeda


Yoshiie Goda (manga), Hirokazu Koreeda (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Bae Doona ... 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


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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Did You Know?


The huge watch on the air doll's left wrist always points to the same time: 3 o'clock. See more »


Nozomi: I don't mind if I'm a substitute for someone else.
Junichi: You're not a substitute for anyone.
Nozomi: I'll do anything for you... That's what I was born for...
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References Jumper (2008) See more »

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If only...
29 November 2013 | by ryoki-babiSee all my reviews

I really did enjoy this movie. I did but...

This movie followed one of the more popular themes in the Japanese movies I've seen: loneliness and unfulfillment/inadequacy. But it wasn't as deep. Sometimes I felt like I didn't even know what the characters were feeling or even why. Something was missing.

The thing about this movie that bothered me was that there were just so many missed opportunities to really reach home (I don't really know how else to say it.) The movie brings in many minor characters, all of which Nozomi has brief encounters with, to show you their loneliness. But why? Why show these extremely underdeveloped characters who we know near nothing about? Maybe if they had delved deeper in to their lives by increasing their interactions with Nozomi or by having them have "actual" interactions with her(like they had done with the one of the minor characters).

Nozomi also seemed a bit "flat" to me. Maybe this was on purpose? Either way, I wanted to see her grow more. She had gained a heart and she did not seem to have used it much. It was as if she was only half alive. She never cried, screamed or expressed any other emotions sans sadness, child like joy/wonder and there is more than that to being human. If they wanted viewers to understand/feel the loneliness that the characters were experiencing they should have built up the story more. Like was there even a climax?

Nevertheless, this was a good movie! If you are thinking of watching this please do! It was a cute and sad story.

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Release Date:

26 September 2009 (Japan) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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