Air Doll

  • 116'
  • Japan
  • 2009
For this reflection on loneliness and mortality, based on a manga by Goda Yoshiie, the maker of Still Walking, Nobody Knows and After Life chose an unusual protagonist: an inflatable plastic sex doll. A cheap one, as she says herself. Because what her owner (a middle-aged barman who calls her Nozomi) doesn't know is that his surrogate wife has come to life.
Her first steps in Tokyo are wooden and naive. Gradually she increasingly takes the bearing of the actress Bae Doo-Na, who continues to play her with stunning doll-like talent. Nozomi falls in love with the young owner of a video store and, filled with admiration, admires the people of Tokyo. Everyone lives for themselves, without realising that everything is connected, she muses, while she learns that having a heart can also hurt.
Director
Kore-eda Hirokazu
Country of production
Japan
Production Year
2009
Festival Edition
IFFR 2010
Length
116'
Medium
35mm
Original title
Kuki ningyo
Language
Japanese
Producers
Uratani Toshiro, Kore-eda Hirokazu
Production Company
TV Man Union, Inc.
Sales
Fortissimo Films
Screenplay
Kore-eda Hirokazu
Cinematography
Mark Lee Ping Bing
Editor
Kore-eda Hirokazu
Production Design
Taneda Yohei
Sound Design
Tsurumaki Yutaka
Music
World's End Girlfriend
Cast
Bae Doo-Na
Local Distributor
EYE Film Institute Netherlands