Middle-aged Hideo lives alone with an inflatable doll he calls Nozomi. The doll is his closest companion. He dresses it up, talks to it over dinner, and has sexual intercourse with it. However, unbeknown to Hideo, Nozomi was created with a heart. After Hideo leaves for work each day, Nozomi dresses in her maid's outfit and explores the world outside their apartment with a sense of child-like wonder. more here
Empty. I loved the metaphor and symbolism played here, the air doll being physically empty and her neighbors being empty inside as well as Tokyo being a soulless city despite its bright lights. It was an emotional journey to Nozomi from the very moment she first realized that she has a heart until to the very end of her plastic life.
At some point of the story, it was shown that she fell in love to one of her co-employees, Junichi. Despite being an inflatable sex doll, she was not spared from falling love. But still she was very much aware of her limitation. You can feel her when she said “I'll do anything for you... That's what I was born for”. As mentioned above, Bae Doona was really effective playing her part. She seemed like a child in a fantasy world but slowly losing her innocence in her new found world. And later her painful realization, “having a heart was heartbreaking”.
She was in love and despite being “cold”, she felt warmth to Junichi. But even a fairy tale doesn’t necessarily in a fairy tale ending.
touches the skin of a volcano
warmth and longing;
feels the tremors of your heart
until it spews out my name
Quoting to end this, It seems life is constructed in a way that no one can fulfill it alone.