Being sentient is not all that it's cracked up to be.Air Doll
(空気人形) is a movie directed by Hirozaku Kore-eda and based on the eponymous manga by Yoshiie Goda.
Hideo, a socially awkward middle-aged man, has bought an inflatable sex doll for companionship whom he calls Nozomi. One day, for no precise reason
, Nozomi becomes sentient and decides to figure out what this "life" thing is. Putting on a Meido
outfit, she ventures out of Hideo's flat and walks around in the city, learning her first words by repeating what people say and tentatively interacting with them.
She finds a job as a sales attendant in a video store, and every evening, sneaks back to Hideo's place where she fakes her earlier non-sentience. As she meets more people, she realizes that all of them are symbolically as empty as she is physically.
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