With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Saturday, February 20, 2010

ACF 480: Air Doll at Film Comment Selects

Bae Du-na (left) and Arata (right) in Air Doll

The annual Film Comment Selects series at The Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade theater began yesterday. (Sorry I didn't have the opportunity to get up a post about it earlier, but that's just how it goes sometimes.) It features quite few Asian films.

The one I'm most interested is Director Hirokazu Kore-eda's Air Doll (2009). It stars Korean actress Bae Du-na (Linda, Linda, Linda and The Host) as a sex doll that comes to life. I'm thinking a cross of Lars and the Real Girl (which is really about a caring community more than a sex-doll) and the delightful manga Video Girl Ai by Masakazu Katsura, in which a VHS video girl materializes out of a TV set.

Here's a description of Air Doll from the Film Society of Lincoln Center website:

Deceptively airy, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Air Doll makes us reflect on our sexual assumptions and the depths of loneliness often endured by the inhabitants of large cities. Korean star Bae Du-na plays Nozomi, an inflatable sex doll belonging to a lonesome Tokyo salaryman who comes alive and wanders the city by day. Like a child with a fresh pair of eyes, she learns about life and love through observation—but how long can her journey of discovery last?

Air Doll will be shown twice: Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:15 PM and Saturday, February 27th at 1:30 PM. For the specific Air Doll page, which includes a trailer, click here.

For descriptions of all films to be shown and to buy tickets, click here.

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