IN REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
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…
It is the little things which breathe life into Air Doll. Like how Kore-eda chooses to comment on humanity through a blow-up doll protagonist. How an old man talking about the hollowness of modern humans is ironically affirming for such protagonist (one of the most delightfully surprising moments I have come across in my recent cinema viewing). How an in-film flurry of giddy film buff references refreshingly take on new meaning when pondered by an unwitting newbie (Me & Earl & the Dying Girl would be green with envy). Kore-eda's best work is both lightly charming and subtly devastating in its realism, and by extension his body of work is at its most signature when engaging with questions of humanity through the…
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…
Air Doll is like a modern version of Pinocchio but female. The doll here is just a substitute for handling sexual desire.
This is a tale about a doll, finding once a "heart". She goes out and discovers - with an innocent, naive, childish look - the world... a lonely, loosely world, in which, as she described, "we lead our scattered lives, perfectly unaware of each other or at times allowed to find it the other's presence disagreeable" despite the fact that "life is contructed in a way that no one can fulfill it alone, life contains its own absence which only an other can fulfill".
After describing these sad human relationships in post-industrial urban areas leading to loneliness, sexual…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'm truly sad.
It's heartbreaking see that a air doll have more humanity than humans.
Human complexity and loneliness around all the movie.
The soundtrack suits so perfectly in the movie's story and in the movie's main character.
Impossible you don't feel depressed with this movie.
I wasn't expecting this movie was so introspective.
Can't write nothing more.
Another movie to be felt and not to write too much about it...
"Having a heart was heartbreaking."
"It seems life is constructed in a way that no one can fulfill it alone...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...Life contains its own absence, which only…
"Ter um coração foi devastador."
Having a heart is heartbreaking.
Re-watching this film for a future review I'm struck by two things: one, how solid Doona Bae's performance remains no matter what film she appears in (I'm yet to see her give a lackluster performance), and how slight an experience this film is. There's just simply not enough to this story - despite the overlong running time - to lift it to greatness.
Those looking for cheap titillation should search elsewhere, Bae has a fine form, but it is hardly on screen long enough to qualify for out-and-out exploitation thrills. This a human rumination rather than a sexual one - though we do briefly touch on sexism and the objectification of women in the scene where the shop owner blackmails…
Sākumā ir tāds: "oookeeeiii, šitais ir tipiskais japānu sviestiņš" doma, jo japāņu vīrietis runājās/vakariņo/kniebjās ar piepūšamo seksa lelli un, tā nu sanāk, ka šī atdzīvojās un dodas iepazīt pasauli. Vietējā video bodītē šī samīlās darbiniekā...
Kad pāriet pirmais mulsums par filmas sākuma uzstādījumiem, izrādās, ka šis ir skumjšs stāsts par vientulību lielā pilsētā un tādā garā...
Galvenajā lomā īpatnējā Bae Doona, ko vispirms pamanīju Vačovsku Cloud Atlas.
Despite being a preposterous concept this one has a lot of heart. DooNa Bae in particular is completely believable. There are traces of Her and Lars and Real Girl. The biggest issue has to be the pacing and the overlong third act. Koreeda brilliantly depicts the loneliness that we all experience which we only are aware of.
An interesting look at some issues - loneliness, feeling 'ugly', connecting with others, finding a sense of self-worth. Pretty good how it all came across but in a not massive running time.
Se supone que debería ser dramática?
In short: A deep, thought-provoking, beautifully filmed, and well acted piece of Japanese cinema. Bae Doona is magnificent as an inflatable doll that develops a soul and falls in love. Hirokazu Koreeda wows once again with his deliberate film making, effectively commenting on social problems dealing with urban life. Despite the fact that it is a bit slow and a bit long, Air Doll is definitely one of the better films that I’ve seen recently (in 2009).
I was finally able to watch this film (on DVD) and was impressed, more so than I thought I would be. To me, Air Doll includes aspects that make it attractive to both film festivals and commercial audiences. With the quirky and interesting…
Just a list of Asian films I've seen so far. As complete as I can remember them/have them logged on…
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