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2009 — 45th Chicago International Film Festival

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Japan

Air Doll Air Doll

The internationally acclaimed director of Nobody Knows, After Life, and Still Walking returns with a romantic fantasy that explores the complexities of love, loneliness, and loss through the story of a life-size inflatable doll. Air doll "Nozomi" is middle-aged loner Hideo's only companion in life, but when she suddenly comes to life and begins exploring the world on her own, her journey begs the question

Japanese with subtitles, 125 minutes

Dear Doctor Dear Doctor

Lies told in the name of love and compassion are the focus of this beautiful psychological drama about a country doctor whose good intentions outstrip his honesty. Universally beloved by his community for his kindness and diligence, he abruptly leaves town one day, throwing it into turmoil. Astonishing secrets about his background soon surface, and the villagers must come to terms with this new knowledge of the man they so admire.

Japanese with subtitles, 127 minutes

Kanikôsen Kanikôsen

Kanikôsen takes us into the belly of an industrial hell as exploited laborers aboard the titular crab cannery ship struggle to find escape, or at least respite, from their grim existence. With mass suicide attempted and then rejected as an option, they slowly realize their only recourse is open revolt. Sabu brings a modern sensibility to his adaptation of the 1929 novel, adding stylized visuals and his trademark flourishes of black comedy.

Japanese with English subtitles, 109 minutes