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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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18 May 2012 (USA) See more »
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
 (From Disc Dish. 6 June 2012, 2:20 PM, PDT)

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Love This Film. Heartwarming and Dogs So Adorable 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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Love This Film. Heartwarming and Dogs So Adorable, 3 August 2012
Author: rannynm from United States

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Hunter Willow Jones (age 11) reviews the film below:

Video review here: I LOVE this movie! It is heartwarming and the dogs are so adorable. I was not actually looking forward to watching Quill; I mean the title didn't seem very interesting. Also, it is a Japanese film with English subtitles, which didn't excite me. But as the movie progressed I like it more and more. Quill is the story of one special guide dog; a yellow Labrador named Quill because of a unique brown spot on his side. Shown as a docudrama, Quill goes from a small puppy with its mother being picked to be a guide dog because of his calm nature and sent to live with a foster family that loves and cares for him until he is a year old and then he is off to school where he learns to be the eyes for a blind person. Though Quill does not seem to learn as quickly as the other dogs, Satoru Tawada (KippeiShiina), Quill's trainer, is patient and sees the potential in him. Quill is teamed up with Mr. Watanabe (Kaoru Kobayashi), who is not a dog lover and does not like being blind. Though the pair has a rocky start, Mr. Watanabe grows to trust and respect Quill. The ending is inspiring despite it being sad. Technically, Quill was average with good sound and cinematography. The dogs in Quill are simply amazing. They are so well trained. I thought they were the best actors in the film. The subtitles were a little distracting, I didn't like that I couldn't understand what was being said and had to read it, but as I got into the movie that became easier. I liked seeing what life was like in Japan and that there are differences from my town like the way the houses look, but there are more things that are same like how we love our pets. When my parents and I were done watching Quill we talked a lot about the movie from what it is like to be blind to how dogs are trained to be guide dogs to the story and characters. Quill made us smile, laugh and cry, but it also made us think. Quill was released in Japan in 2004, but has just been released in American in May 2012. Quill is a wonderful movie for any age, but it is better for kids who know how to read. Kids and adults both will enjoy it. I give Quill five stars!

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