Air Doll - Kûki ningyô


Air Doll - Kûki ningyô

Hirokazu KORE-EDAJapan – 2009

A story of love and frailty, Air Doll takes the essence of what it means to be human and distills it down to its purest form in this bittersweet love story that smoothly intertwines fantasy and reality.

In a shabby, rundown apartment in an old part of Tokyo, a bright beacon of purity shines into being one day. Silent and motionless, the air doll that belongs to quiet and retiring middle-aged Hideo (Itsuji Itao) has never been anything out of the ordinary. Each evening after work, he chats with her over the dinner table, bathes her and makes love to her before turning in for the night. However, after he leaves the house one day, the air doll begins to twitch and move, miraculously coming to life.

Like a newborn marvelling at the wonder of the world, she is awestruck at the beauty of everything around her. Tottering about in her tiny maid's uniform, she ventures outside the apartment with childlike curiosity. As she wanders through the city, the air doll is enthralled, talking to anyone she finds and trying to comprehend her own ephemeral existence. Though her life is only a few hours old, it changes forever when she walks into a video store and falls helplessly in love with the clerk, Junichi (Arata).


Original Title Air Doll - Kûki ningyô
German Title Air Doll
French Title Air Doll
Other Titles Air Doll
Directed by Hirokazu KORE-EDA
Country Japan
Available Formats 35mm, DVD, DCP
Screenplay Yoshiie Goda, Hirokazu Kore-eda
Film Editing Hirokazu Koreeda
Soundtrack World's End Girlfriend
Cinematography Pin Bing Lee
Sound Yutaka Tsurumaki
Décors Yohei Taneda
Costumes Sachiko Ito
Production TV Man Union
Runtime 116 Min.
Language Japanisch/d + f
Du-na Bae Nozomi
Arata Junichi
Itsuji Itao Hideo
Jô Odagiri
Sumiko Fuji
Tasuku Emoto
Mari Hoshino
Ryo Iwamatsu
Tomomi Maruyama
Miu Naraki
Masaya Takahashi
Susumu Terajima

«Un des meilleurs films sortis en 2010!»

«Da ist einmal mehr die Magie, das Feingefühl, die liebevolle Ironie von Kore-eda am Werk, sein Gespür für die menschliche Unsicherheit und die richtigen Fragen im falschen Moment... AIR DOLL ist ein Film über die Frage, was es bedeutet, ein Mensch zu sein, und was es allenfalls bedeutet, für andere ein Mensch zu sein... Noch lebenswerter aber machen das Leben ganz unzweifelhaft die Filme von Hirokazu Kore-eda.»
Michael Sennhauser, Radio DRS

«Der erste Höhepunkt in Cannes: Hirokazu Kore-edas japanisches Märchen „Air Doll“ überragt die Konkurrenz... Wie die vielseitige Koreanerin Bae Doo Na diese Transformation spielt, ist ein subtiles Ereignis. Ihre ruckartigen Bewegungen werden geschmeidig, die ausdruckslosen Augen neugierig: Naiv wie Pinocchio geht die Puppenfrau durch die Welt, sogar bis zu ihrem Schöpfer: Sie will verstehen, was Menschsein ausmacht. Aber schliesslich muss sie erkennen, dass die Grossstadtmenschen in ihrer Einsamkeit ein ähnliches Gefühl der Leere plagt wie sie selbst: „Ein Herz zu bekommen ist herzzerreißend“, lautet die melancholische Bilanz dieses sanft fließenden und eigentümlich rührenden Films.»
Christoph Huber, Die Presse

"Air Doll" is aesthetically so exquisitely packaged, and so tenderly directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda that the urban fairytale about an inflatable sex doll come to life gradually unfurls as an achingly beautiful meditation on loneliness and longing in the city, and a reflective look on a consumerist culture that encourages easy substitutes and disposability, even of humans and feelings.»
Maggie Lee, The Hollywood Reporter

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