Valley of Dolls

By Fritz Schumann

64 year old Ayano Tsukimi lives in the once-thriving village of Nagoro, Japan, with her father and a scattering of other residents. This film follows her habit of creating life sized dolls for the people who moved away – men, women and children. The village is now populated with around 350 dolls, posing in schools, fishing, at the bus stop, etc, and the dolls have helped to draw tourists to the town.

It’s a fascinating and touching documentary. I think that because of this the dolls seem less creepy than they do in stills. Would love to know how the director found out about Ayano.

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