空気人形 (Air Doll) 2009 Ages 18+
7.30pm, Wed 12 Apr 2023 (116 mins)
Gallery of Modern Art & Cinema A
- Wheelchair Accessible
Palme d’Or winning Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda directs this wistful fairy tale that confronts the solitude of urban existence.
When inflatable sex doll Nozomi (Bae Doona) develops consciousness and comes to life, she uses her newfound agency to explore the world around her while her erstwhile owner Hideo (Itsuji Itao) is at work. Nozomi’s sheer delight at the prosaic beauty of Tokyo’s urban environment and curiosity for its people capture the interest of video store clerk Junichi (Arata lura) and the two become romantically involved. Soon Nozomi comes to realise that relationships are not without their sharp edges, and she must confront the deflating reality of what it means to be human.
Featuring a transformative lead performance by the compelling Bae Doona, Air Doll is a powerful examination of modern loneliness and objectification told with Koreeda’s celebrated empathy and intelligence.
Air Doll will screen from an imported 35mm print.
- Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
- Script: Hirokazu Koreeda
- Based on: the manga written by Yoshiie Goda
- Cinematographer: Ping Bin Lee
- Editor: Hirokazu Koreeda
- Print Source: Fortissimo Films
- Rights: Fortissimo Films
- Shooting Format: 35mm
- Screening Format: 35mm
- Year: 2009
- Runtime: 116 minutes
- Country: Japan
- Languages: Japanese, with English subtitles
- Colour: Colour