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An "air doll" suddenly come to life one day. Without her owner knowing, she goes for a walk around town and falls in love with Junichi. She starts to date Junichi and gets a job at the same store where he works. Everything seems to be going perfect for her until something unexpected happens.
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda (Fourth Film)
A film about loneliness in the big city - which couldn't be any truer to me, someone who lives in a big city (London) and yearns to leave the big city forever, never to come back, never to feel the cold handed loneliness of the big city because the big city is shitty and the big city isn't what I want it to be.
The "Big City" represents everything wrong with society - essentially a chasm to store humans so they can safely work and fuck in their own little freedoms. Freedoms *given* to them by those with freedoms themselves. We are often told that we are completely free but that is not…
Air Doll is the story of Nozomi (Bae Doona), an inflatable sex doll who miraculously comes to life! The film follows Nozomi as she explores life outside her owner's home during the hours he is away at work. Fueled by curiousity she starts to interact with the local people and even finds herself a job at the local video store.
The story starts with Nozomi's first tentative excursions outside and provides humour from her limited and confused view of humans causing some funny interactions. The film's main theme is the isolation of modern city life (Nozomi is told by a local 'most people are empty inside') and it shows well how people, although lonely, will pass many others in the…
"You can’t fault the daring of the premise: Hideo (Itao), a waiter by trade, enjoys a rewarding relationship at home with Nozomi, a blow-up doll with whom he eats at the dinner table and to whom he makes love at night. Things liven up when Nozomi secretly comes to life, played by Bae Du-na, and starts to live a parallel existence, taking a job in a video shop, exploring the city and learning how to live in the real world. Full marks to Kore-eda for sidestepping sleaze and gimmickry in favour of a goodlooking, tender modern fairytale as he tries his best to share with us Nozomi’s wonder at seeing the world with fresh eyes. But the sense of whimsy only grows with time as you realise that this is a very slim story and its pleasures are only skin deep." (DaveCalhoun)
Upon this my second viewing of the film, I am convinced that despite its seemingly bizarre plot, this may well be one of the most feminist oriented films to come out in the past decade. Furthermore, given its serene and delightful cinematic charm, I am also coming around on Hirokazu Kore-eda being a sleeper for one of the best filmmakers working today.
"A blow-up doll comes to life!"
Sounds like a premise for a raunchy adult comedy, right? Well, guess what? That's actually the opposite of what Air Doll really is. No, I'm not going to rant about how I was tricked and how mad I am I didn't get two hours of sex jokes. Because what I DID get, however, is a sad, poetic, beautiful (hauntingly so at times) examination of innocence, and the loss of it.
For a lot of the movie, there's a sweet, child-like curiosity about it, as blow-up doll Nozomi (played by Korean-born Bae Doona), gains a heart and begins to explore the world, learning more about her surroundings, about herself, and about other people she creates…
Quoth Norm Macdonald in Dirty Work: "Note to self: Sex with blow-up doll not as good as advertised."
Starts rather crass with a guy f*cking his inflatable sex doll "girlfriend", then quite thoroughly cleaning her (ergonomically soundly designed) removable plastic vagina. The it turns into a rather sweet and idiosyncratic coming-of-age (or coming-to-life) story. DooNa Bae plays the main character with a suitable wide-eyed child-like innocence and curiosity while basically all people around her accept her weirdness without question.
Unique and enjoyable.
PS: silly joke - around mid-movie there is quite an unconventional blowjob scene :-)
Interesting concept for this Japanese drama directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. It is based on the manga series Kuuki Ningyo by Yoshiie Gōda, which was serialized in the seinen manga magazine Big Comic Original, and is about an inflatable doll that develops a consciousness and falls in love. It was shown at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, and it was received well.
This is a movie about the loneliness of urban life and the director Koreeda tried to answer the question of what it means to be human... Bae Doona ws excellent as Nazumi, the air doll, but the other actors did above the average performances, especially Arata and Itsuji Itao.
This will probably awake you to ask few questions about humans and relationship between them... and I hope this film will help you to get answers, as well,
Living room, Cambridge, Massachusetts, with Dan J. and Joanna S.
This is a movie about a blow-up sex doll coming to life and trying to be a human. There's a sadness about this that undercuts all of the feelings that I guess you're supposed to have about a cute Korean woman behaving like a child in Japan, even before all of the contrived depressing stuff happens. The doll belongs to a man maybe in his 30s who has sex with it every night, but also seems to genuinely care about it. He talks to it, washes it affectionately, and even takes it out in public. This all could be considered creepy or pathetic, but the film does not present his actions in that way. This ends up being surprising considering…
El concepto es interesante y atrayente; refleja algunos factores culturales de los japoneses, como esa relación tan insana con el sexo o lo peculiares que son en sus relaciones personales. Destacaría las pequeñas historias de aislamiento paralelas que cuenta con apenas 5 o 6 secuencias.
El problema que le veo a 'Air Doll' es que la idea daba para un buen corto. Uno bucólico, simbólico, con su punto optimista pero también su toque fatalista. Pero desarrollado en largo, con solo ese concepto, se alarga mucho, es reiterativa. Empieza muy estimulante pero su tramo medio es muy tedioso.
Tras sus dos últimas películas, decidí ponerme con el resto de la filmografía de Koreeda; no he sabido elegir.
No sabia que esperar por lo que mire me sorprendió y me gusto. Es muy triste.
Oscillates between genuinely moving and incredibly corny. Sometimes, it's really good, other times it's just "What were they thinking writing this?"
Hirokazu Koreeda's EXTREMELY underrated , beautifully harrowing & silently affecting movie about what it means to be human that luckily narrowly borderlines on pretension . Bae Doona is officially now one of my favorite actresses , I would definitely say this is up there with her best performances yet , she emits emotion through facial expressions so well that you know exactly what she is thinking/feeling without her saying a word. The melancholic score by " World's end girlfriend" is a work of beautiful agony and works together with Koreeda's usual top notch cinematography.
"Air Doll" is a visual delight , an original and breath-taking piece of atmospheric human study. Brilliant.
A little dragging in the middle, but otherwise very pleasantly surprised
Just a list of Asian films I've seen so far. As complete as I can remember them/have them logged on…
Preserving this list for posterity as it will disappear from here:
- after number 70, "In a Land…