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Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog -- Based on a true story, QUILL: THE LIFE OF A GUIDE DOG is the sweet, documentary-like tale of a yellow Labrador Retriever guide dog.
Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog -- A unique Labrador puppy is trained as the guide dog for Mitsuru Watanabe, a lonely and ill-tempered middle aged man.
Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog -- Based on a true story, QUILL: THE LIFE OF A GUIDE DOG is the sweet, documentary-like tale of a yellow Labrador Retriever guide dog.


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As a Labrador puppy, Quill is sent to live with a couple, Isamu and Mitsuko Nii, who work as volunteers... See more » | Add synopsis »
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DVD Release: Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog
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Japanese dogs obey their masters' orders more if they are in English. See more (13 total) »


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Kaoru Kobayashi ... Watanabe Mitsuru
Kippei Shîna ... Tawada Satoru

Teruyuki Kagawa ... 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 ... Housewife
Kohei Yoshida ... Teruo Takahashi
Kento Terai ... Kenji Mito
Mitsuru Ochiai ... Toru Tsukamoto
Katsuya Nomaura ... Tomonori Kataoka
Yukio Hide ... Kaneko
Tomohiro Nakagawa ... Takano
Kiyohide Yamazaki ... Hirata
Reiko Nieda ... Sakurai
Akihiko Yamada ... Veterinarian
Shinobu Terajima ... Mitsuko Nii
Yûko Natori ... Ren Mito
Laffy ... Quill
Chibichibi Qoo ... Baby Quill
Beat ... Quill at 3 months
Chibi Qoo ... Quill at 7 months
Eri ... Older Quill
Mon ... Tsukisumi
Rosinate ... Poggie
Apollo ... Oliver
Yuma ... Pamela

Directed by
Yôichi Sai 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ryohei Akimoto  novel
Kengo Ishiguro  novel
Shoichi Maruyama 
Yoshihiro Nakamura 

Produced by
Nozomu Enoki .... executive producer
Ichirô Yamamoto .... producer
Original Music by
Kuricorder Quartet 
Cinematography by
Junichi Fujisawa 
Film Editing by
Isao Kawase 
Production Design by
Tsutomu Imamura  (as Riki Imamura)
Makeup Department
Etsuko Egawa .... special makeup effects artist
Sound Department
Osamu Onodera .... sound
Other crew
Tadaomi Miya .... dog trainer

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Also Known As:
"Quill" - Japan (original title)
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100 min

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Featured in "Densha otoko" (2005)See more »


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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Japanese dogs obey their masters' orders more if they are in English., 28 May 2007
Author: FilmCriticLalitRao from FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world

Before watching this film, I was feeling quite excited as I just had a certain idea of what Sai Yoichi might be as a filmmaker. He started his illustrious career as an assistant for Nagisa Oshima on the highly controversial art film "Empire of the senses". It was the same film for which the famous gangster turned filmmaker Koji Wakamatsu provided funds. In the recent past, I had seen only one film directed by him "Blood and Bones". For me,although it was a very violent film I had ever seen in my life, it enabled me to keenly watch and observe Kitano Takeshi's acting talents. So it was with such pleasant expectations and unknown surprises that I began watching this film with my family. At the end of the film, I was feeling elated as I had discovered an hitherto unknown facet of Japanese culture. To begin with, "Quill" made me catch glimpses of family life in Japan as it was shot in a small town away for the bustling metropolis Tokyo. Watching this film made me realize how much value people from Asian countries especially Koreans, Chinese and Japanese attach to English language and culture. It is true that one should try not to be sentimental about dogs, what pleased me the most was the emotional bond which Yochi Sai depicted by making a blind person aware of his dog's worthiness. There are moments of sadness in the film but all in all they served their purpose well. This is a point which all serious viewers would take away with them when they watch this simple, frank and honest film.

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