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Air Doll ()

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.

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Nozomi
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Junichi (as Arata)
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Hideo
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Air Doll Maker
Sumiko Fuji ...
Widow
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Sei Andô
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Peep-tom Student
Mari Hayashida
Mari Hoshino ...
Apple Woman
Ryô Iwamatsu ...
Owner of Video Rental Shop
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Moe's father
Miu Naraki ...
Moe
Jyonmyon Pe
Masaya Takahashi ...
Ex-substitute Teacher
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Policeman
Takashi Yamanaka
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Receptionist

Directed by

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Hirokazu Koreeda

Written by

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Yoshiie Goda ... (manga)
 
Hirokazu Koreeda ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Takeo Hisamatsu ... executive producer
Yoshihiro Kato ... associate producer
Kazumi Kawashiro ... executive producer
Hirokazu Koreeda ... producer
Yutaka Shigenobu ... executive producer
Hijiri Taguchi ... line producer
Masao Teshima ... executive producer
Toshirô Uratani ... producer (as Toshiro Uratani)

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Katsuhiko Maeda ... (as World's End Girlfriend)

Cinematography by

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Ping Bin Lee

Film Editing by

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Hirokazu Koreeda

Casting By

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Yoshiko Arae

Production Design by

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Yohei Taneda

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Masami Tanaka ... (assistant art director:)

Costume Design by

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Sachiko Itô

Makeup Department

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Katsuhiko Isami ... hair stylist / makeup artist

Production Management

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Kenny Kusaka ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Tarô Nishiyama ... assistant director
Mami Sunada ... assistant director

Art Department

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Tomomi Nishio ... set dresser

Sound Department

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Yutaka Tsurumaki ... sound

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Tomoo Haraguchi ... mechanical doll-maker
Hiroshi Sagae ... sculptor

Visual Effects by

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Hajime Matsumoto ... visual effects supervisor

Camera and Electrical Department

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Eiji Oshita ... gaffer
Mikiya Takimoto ... still photographer

Music Department

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Tsuguhiko Sasaki ... music supervisor

Script and Continuity Department

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Miho Iizuka ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

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Miyuki Fukuma ... international sales

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • 空気人形 (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Air Doll (United States)
  • Air Doll (Canada, English title)
  • Air Doll (World-wide, English title)
  • Air Doll (United Kingdom)
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Runtime
  • 125 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The huge watch on the air doll's left wrist always points to the same time: 3 o'clock. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Cannes Film Festival 2009 (2009). See more »
Quotes Nozomi: It seems life is constructed in a way that no one can fulfill it alone.
Nozomi: Just as it's not enough for flowers to have pistils and stamens, an insect or a breeze must introduce a pistil to a stamen...
Nozomi: Life contains its own absence, which only an other can fulfill...
Nozomi: It seems the world is the summation of others and yet, we neither know nor are told that we will fulfill each other...
Nozomi: We lead our scattered lives, perfectly unaware of each other...
Nozomi: Or at times, allowed to find the other's presence disagreeable...
Nozomi: Why is it that the world is constructed so loosely?
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