Hideo, who lives alone, owns a life-size “air doll”, which suddenly finds herself with a heart. Everything is new to her in the world outside Hideo’s house. She meets all kinds of people. The world is filled with so many beautiful things, but everyone seems to have some kind of hollowness, just as she has. In the morning, she pumps herself up, and takes a walk.
One afternoon, she meets Junichi who works at a rental video store, and instantly falls in love with him. A first date. New words she learns from him. She starts working with him at the store, enjoys talking and being with him. Everything seems to be going perfect, until something unexpected happens to the doll.
A sad yet happy fantasy. This is a story about a new form of love. —Cannes Film Festival
Born in Tokyo in 1962. Originally intended to be a novelist, but after graduating from Waseda University in 1987 went on to become an assistant director at TV Man Union. Sneaked off set to film Lessons from a Calf (1991). His first feature, Maboroshi no hikari (1995), based on a Teru Miyamoto novel and drawn from his own experiences whilst filming August Without Him (1994), won jury prizes at Venice and Chicago. The main themes of his oeuvre include memory and loss, death and loss, and the intersection of documentary and fictional narratives. —IMDb
This week I present a selection, below, of more of my favorite posters from the International Film Festival Rotterdam where the walls of
Pinocchio: a sex doll comes to life, discovers she’s got a "heart." Amelie: But life, a heart, means a set tic, or routine (one character
Screened at Melbourne International Film Festival 2010.
It is a beautiful morning in Tokyo trough the eyes of Nozomi, an Air Doll (sex doll) who has magically come to life… read review
I’ve only read two reviews so far, one on a Japanese blog, and one on this site, both of which tsk-tsk’ed at the film. In fact, the Japanese reviewer named “Daremo shiranai” as Koreeda’s peak, and… read review