Air Doll | Chicago Reader

Air Doll

In this quirky riff on the Galatea myth, Hirokazu Kore-eda (Still Walking, Maborosi) adapts a manga by Yoshiie Gouda about a blow-up sex doll that comes alive one morning after its owner leaves for work. The incandescent Doona Bae (The Host, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance) gives a daring performance as the toy-turned-woman, whose movements gradually become more fluid and whose face reflects more age and experience as she meets a series of loners on the streets of Tokyo. The perspective of a heroine who can expire from the smallest puncture allows Kore-eda to consider the Japanese preoccupation with beauty and the ephemeral, and he finds exquisite sadness everywhere from a birthday party to a curbside trash drop-off. In Japanese with subtitles.

Credits

Director:

  • Hirokazu Koreeda

Cast:

  • Du-na Bae
  • Arata
  • Itsuji Itao
  • Jô Odagiri
  • Sumiko Fuji
  • Tasuku Emoto
  • Mari Hoshino
  • Ryo Iwamatsu
  • Tomomi Maruyama
  • Miu Naraki
  • Masaya Takahashi
  • Susumu Terajima
  • Kimiko Yo

Producers:

  • Takeo Hisamatsu
  • Kazumi Kawashiro
  • Hirokazu Koreeda
  • Yutaka Shigenobu

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