Free screening of the latest film by the Japanese master filmmaker.
The story of a life size blow-up doll that develops a soul. On exploring the world around her she soon falls in love with Junichi, a video store clerk. Just when everything seems perfect an unexpected turn of events throws her fragile existence into turmoil. At the core the film is a love story which explores the profound questions of human existence, Where do we find meaning in our own lives? What ultimately makes us human?
DIRECTOR: Hirokazu Kore-eda
In Japanese with English subtitles
digibeta, 125 min
Official Selection, 2009 Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection, 2010 Rotterdam International Film Festival
"an achingly beautiful meditation on loneliness and longing in the city." Maggie Lee, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"At once sentimental and perverse, Air Doll is a highly resonant offering from the land of Bunraku puppets and pink movies, Mariko Mori and Hello Kitty." - J. Hoberman, VILLAGE VOICE
"Nozomi’s journey of discovery, whether she’s being submissive to her “owner” or learning what it means to love, is especially piercing because it can’t possibly end happily. A deceptively airy film, Air Doll makes us reflect on our sexual assumptions and the depths of loneliness often endured by the inhabitants of large cities." -Laura Kern, FILM COMMENT
* FREE to UCLA students, staff, faculty and guests
* Melnitz Movies is funded through the UCLA Graduate Student Association and the ASUCLA Student Interaction Fund.
* Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis (one ticket per person) at the Melnitz box office the day of the screening, one hour before showtime
Sponsor(s): Asia Institute, Melnitz Movies
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