ASIAN FILM - Video
13:18 - 26th November 2012, by David West

Doona Bae Dazzles In Air Doll - Out Now On DVD

Hideo (Itsuji Itao) is a waiter in a restaurant and everyday when he comes home from work, he has dinner with Nozomi and tells her all about his day.

The catch is that Nozomi is a blow up doll.

Hideo dresses her up, bathes her and treats her like his girlfriend, until one day Nozomi comes to life.

Fascinated by the world beyond the confines of Hideo's small apartment, Nozomi ventures out, finds a job and falls in love, even as she tries to maintain the illusion that nothing has changed at home.

Korean actress Doona Bae is terrific as Nozomi in Hirokazu Kore'eda's exploration of what it means to be alive and the loneliness of life in a big city.

Bae's career has seen her working in both Korea and Japan, with roles in Park Chan-wook's Sympathy For Mr Vengeance, Bong Joon-ho's superb The Host and Nobuhiro Yamashita's Linda Linda Linda.

You will also be able to see Bae in Cloud Atlas alongside the likes of Tom Hanks and Halle Berry when the film opens in the UK in February 2013.

Kore'eda's tale of love and inflatables comes out on DVD today (26 November 2012) courtesy of Matchbox Films.

Look out for a full review in NEO #105, out on 29 November 2012.

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