Air Doll (Kuki Ningyo)


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General Public:$12.00 (+ $2 online fee)
Members:$9.00 (no online fee)
Film Info
Original Title:Kuki Ningyo
Program:New Releases
Virtual Cinema
Science Fiction
Asian Interest
Release Year:2009
Runtime:116 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Dekanalog
Director:Hirokazu Kore-eda
Cinematographer:Mark Lee Ping-Bing
Screenwriter:Hirokazu Kore-eda
Editor:Hirokazu Kore-eda
Composer:World's End Girlfriend
Principal Cast:Bae Doona
Arata Iura
Itsuji Itao



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Reserve your ticket and start watching anytime starting Thursday, February 10. You will have 48 hours to complete once you begin watching. This engagement will run through March 3, with the possibility of an extension.

About the Film

MSPIFF 2010 Official Selection - Watch Hirokazu Kore-eda’s offbeat romance for Valentine’s Day.

A present-day fable for the increasing disconnect we find in urban life, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Air Doll transports the Galatea myth to present day Tokyo.

A life-size air doll (Bae Doona, The Host) 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 (Arata Iura, After Life), the clerk, and immediately falls in love with him. The 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, this bittersweet love story examines the intricacies and frailties of human existence.

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