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Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog (2004)

Quill (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 18 May 2012 (USA)
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As a Labrador puppy, Quill is sent to live with a couple, Isamu and Mitsuko Nii, who work as volunteers, training guide dogs (seeing eye dogs). When he grows to an adult dog, he is taken to... See full summary »

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Watanabe Mitsuru
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Tawada Satoru
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Isamu Nii
Keiko Toda ...
Yoshiko Watanabe
Tomoka Kurotani ...
Masumi Kubo
Yukika Sakuratani ...
Mitsuko Watanabe
Yawara Matsuda ...
Etsuo Watanabe
Tarô Ishida ...
Hiroshi Totsuka
Kenji Mizuhashi ...
Yuichi Sakai
Chie Sakagami ...
Yoko Kamata
Mantarô Koichi ...
Kawamoto
Kuidaore Uchuutei ...
Yoshinaga
Kiyomi Tanikawa ...
Kyoko Yaguchi
Kouzou Satou ...
Ishibashi
Mariko Miyamoto ...
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As a Labrador puppy, Quill is sent to live with a couple, Isamu and Mitsuko Nii, who work as volunteers, training guide dogs (seeing eye dogs). When he grows to an adult dog, he is taken to a guide dog school, by a friendly, yet firm trainer Satoru Tawada. Although Quill is a little slower than the other dogs at the school, he seems to have an unusual 'empathy' and remarkable patience with his trainers. Tawade decides that Quill would be the ideal guide dog for Mitsuru Watanabe, but Wanatabe, a lonely and ill-tempered middle aged man, isn't as enthusiastic - he would "would rather sleep than be dragged around by a dog.". From here, the story is narrated by Wanatabe's daughter, Mitsuko, and slowly, Wantanbe is rehabilitated, venturing into the outside world, and learning, not only to trust other humans, but the animal at his side who guides him. Written by Anonymous

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$699,117 (Japan) (12 March 2004)

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$14,075 (USA) (13 July 2012)
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No matter how you feel about dogs, you'll LOVE this movie!
3 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This review contains NO spoilers. I will just say that if you're one of those people who says, "I hate dog movies. Crazy antics. Slobber jokes. Prat falls.", that will have no bearing on your enjoying this film because it is about dignity, love, warmth and the beautiful spirit of a dog you'll wish you knew in real life.

The film is EXTREMELY well-acted, written, produced and directed. It provides a wonderful look at everyday Japan and never falls back on insulting or racist stereotypes that Western filmmakers perpetuate and Western film-goers buy into. There's nothing better than one's culture being presented by a native of that culture. It spares intelligent viewers the normal cringing that comes with ignorant portrayals of non-Anglo groups of people.

This is a great movie and should be an Oscar-winner. I will DEFINITELY own it when it comes out on DVD. I have never owned a dog in my life and usually am not touched or enthralled by "animal" or "pet" movies. But I loved "Quill," and I love Quill. When I buy my lab, I'm going to name him Quill.

'Nuff said.


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