Video Player All Time Top Ten! No. 8: AIR DOLL

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor

[Twitch is undergoing some behind the scenes tire kicking and bolt-tightening over the next few days, work that may slow down the regular flow of new information a little bit. So, while that's going on we'll be presenting a series of retro-reposts, pulling forward the all time top ten videos since we moved to our current video system. This post originally appeared June 8.]

What is the strangest thing about hugely acclaimed Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda making a film about a sex doll come to life and on a quest for meaning and love? Very likely the fact that if not for the sexual nature of the doll's origins this would play as a straightforward, very sweet romantic fantasy. It'd be Mannequin, basically, only with much better everything. Here's how it was summarized when it screened in Cannes:

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.

Bae Doo Na, ARATA, Itao Itsuji and Joe Odagiri star. The trailer has just arrived and you can find it below the break!

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