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Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog -- Based on a true story, QUILL: THE LIFE OF A GUIDE DOG is a sweet, documentary-like story of a yellow Labrador Retriever guide dog for the blind named Quill.
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.


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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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No matter how you feel about dogs, you'll LOVE this movie! See more (14 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
Nozomi Enoki .... executive producer (as Nozomu Enoki)
Ichirô Yamamoto .... producer
Original Music by
Kuricorder Quartet 
Cinematography by
Jun'ichi Fujisawa  (as 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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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
No matter how you feel about dogs, you'll LOVE this movie!, 3 June 2005
Author: firehorsefilms from United States

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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