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Air Doll [DVD]

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Product details

  • Actors: Doona Bae, Arata, Itsuji Itao
  • Directors: Hirokazu Koreeda
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Matchbox Films
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00979JYN4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,988 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A life-size Air Doll lives in a shabby apartment in Tokyo. She cannot speak, nor can she move. But she is the only companion her middle-aged master has. He talks to her, puts her in a bath and makes love with her every day after he returns from work.

This routine life is disrupted when fantasy turns into reality. The Air Doll suddenly comes to life, filled with a soul. Like a newborn baby, she doesn't understand what is going on around her, but she sees a world waiting to be explored outside the apartment. Eventually venturing to the outside world, the Air Doll is fascinated by everything she sees, and though she meets many people in all walks of life, they can't seem to provide her an answer to what "being alive" means.

When the Air Doll wanders into a video store, her world is forever changed. She meets Junichi, the clerk, and immediately falls in love with him. Air Doll begins working in the store and everyday, she and Junichi become closer: they go to the movies and explore the city together...like a couple. Everything is going perfectly for the Air Doll, until one day when her hand is accidentally cut and she begins to deflate in front of Junichi...

A romantic fantasy that explores the complexities of love and loss, joy and pain, fantasy and reality, internationally acclaimed director Kore-eda Hirokazu returns with this bittersweet love story that examines the intricacies and frailties of human existence.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Turley on 15 Nov. 2013
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I dont think this film is everyones cup of tea, but its one of the best Ive seen in a long time. As other reviewers have noted the packaging does not really give a good indication of the type of film this is- making it look almost like a porno or a comedy. There are some quite dark comedic moments in the film but it is really a sort of observation of the meaning of life. Ive watched this 3 times now and Ive noticed different things in it each time Ive seen it. Also- I have to say that the actress playing the Doll is very very good. This film also gives a very accurate portaryal of modern Tokyo for people interested in the city. Definately a keeper.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. F. Burton on 2 Feb. 2014
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I have just watched this film. It is without doult a film I will watch again. This film is only the sort of film that could be made in Asia, Hollywood would try and fail The story of a doll coming to life is a fairy tale but with the lead actress Bae Doona giving a performance of such depth and a truely good supporrting cast it makes the tale beliveable. This is up there with a film like "The Road Home" as a truely great piece of Asian cinema. Watch and enjoy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Seychelles on 16 Feb. 2014
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Beautifully acted and written, AIR DOLL is a fascinating depiction of a young woman who is reborn.

I have watched many films over the years and have never seen anything quite like 'Air Doll' before. Without being exploitative or crude, the film uses the image of a blow-up doll to explore themes of love, sex and isolation in a powerfully human way.

I was honestly reduced to tears by the end of the film. The final act is shocking and culminates the journey of a young woman who is ultimately searching for an answer - what does it mean to be loved? To be happy? To exist? She feels blessed with a physical change but she struggles to adapt to 'normality' and is endlessly seeking FULFILMENT.

I am thrilled to have discovered this film. Doona Bae gives an award-worthy performance as a character with a dual identity, and the story is truly touching (and relatable on so many levels).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jon Billsberry on 6 Nov. 2013
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As a fan of the new wave of quirky Japanese films, I'm happy to take a punt on most things. And the description of this film is pretty far out there. An inflatable sex doll comes to life and engages in a bittersweet romance. But that is not what I found and Amazon's description is a little misleading and does not do the film justice. This is not quirky pink skin flick stroke love story; instead it is a very serious and sad art film about the meaning of life. Given my own surprise, I thought I might write a few words to let you know what you get.

This film is a low budget one with an art house aesthetic. It is slow, claustrophobic, and quiet. The only special effect - a very minor one - is saved for the final scene and it is very understated. Instead, the film is an exploration of the meaning of life, love, loss, and loneliness. It is a thoughtful, philosophic film that forces you to think about your own life.

The story is very straightforward. An inflatable sex toy comes to life and enters the world as a young adult, but in a childlike state with no education or understanding of matters. She tries to make sense of things, but is seduced by the beauty surrounding her. Anything new and unusual catches her attention. After this initial fascination, she meets a range of people who help her reflect on the purpose of living. The film gets darker and darker in its contemplative mood and by the end, I found it heart breaking and deeply moving. One of the saddest films I've seen in many years.

In case you're wondering, there is a healthy dose of mainly female nudity and sexual intercourse throughout the film, but no front bottoms. It seemed appropriate given the subject matter and had a naturalistic and unself-conscious feel.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jcm on 16 Feb. 2013
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Pure cinema. One of the most beautiful films I have since for a long time. Do not let the initial thought of the film being about a sex doll put you off. It is heart warming, tender and sad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alpal on 15 April 2014
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One of the best movies i have ever seen... I was lucky enough to see this film at the london film festival and it received a well deserved round of applause.. I would recommend you see it
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Very interesting Japanese film that I felt could have been so much better then it was.

An old man buys a blow up rubber dolly, and then when he is out she comes to life and starts to explore the world, sometimes with tragic, sometime with very funny results.

The performances are all that are required and the story nice enough, but it just never took a hold on me, which is a pity as I was looking forward to watching this for a long time.

An OK film but that is about the best I can say about it, sorry
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