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. One afternoon, she meets Junichi who works at a rental video store, and instantly falls in love with him.
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A remarkable fantasy that will left us thinking about the symbolism of love,obsession,loneliness and human relationships in life. Could have been better if the pacing improved and disregard some non important scenes but overall a unique fantasy from Kore-eda.
kore-eda without doubt an amazing filmmaker , small tricks he turn it into a magical moment , similarity to the 2013 film "her" by spike jonze with deferent perspectives and styles , i kept thinking about that through some moments there.
Everyone has a bad day ... Even the great Hirokazu Kore-Eda! Possibly his cinematic interests and priorities has changed now, this may open his work up to a different audience (yet sadly pull him away from his old).
So what was the lesson here: "all Japanese men are pigs" or "relationships only work when one plays slave and the other master"? I mean, I get it, but it's too heavy handed here. Too cute and coy to be taken seriously.