Hideo is a middle-aged man without any friends. His only companion is Nozomi, a life-size blow-up doll. One day, Nozomi finds out she has a heart and has become a human being. She slowly starts exploring the world outside, completely unknown to her until now. However, she discovers really fast how much pain and confusion a heart can cause. This tragicomic drama with fantasy elements is loosely inspired by a popular Japanese manga by Yoshiie Gōda.
The films of the today's best-known Japanese director are characteristic for their humanism, compassion and understanding. His films have enjoyed success at festivals worldwide. In 2009, Air Doll competed in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes.
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