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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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Quill was trained to disobey his master and that's for his own good 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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Quill was trained to disobey his master and that's for his own good, 30 September 2013
Author: Reno Rangan from Somewhere

A Japanese drama based on a true life story of a guide dog called Quill, a Labrador. Since dog won't tell a tale the whole story was told from a boy's perspective who was appearing on the screen for a very few minutes. It was just a formality to make the story reality and nothing more. This boy meets Quill somewhere midway of the dog's life and disappear forever. But in Quill's case it begins with his birth till his death so he's the hero of this movie and no one else.

A cute Labrador born with a dark mark in his side abdomen, a few weeks later the owner pick him to train as a guide dog. So the first partition to the puppy from his mother. He was sent to a couple's house to keep him till he becomes a young adult. So then the second partition which slightly hurts inside our heart. Then he becomes the one of a best guide dog and soon after he becomes someone's, a blind man's eye, a guide dog like he was trained. The rest of the story tells how he devotes his work and himself to his master.

There's no other better way to teach our kids about life than giving a puppy as a gift. They will learn how to take care an another soul, playing with them, fighting with them, chasing with them and all the above separation, facing the death of someone you love the most. I said this because I had one too and I learned many stuffs in life how to face it. So this movie is what intent to show us. Transforming from a cute puppy to an adult, faithful guide dog in a decade makes us to feel of seen a man's whole life as a dog.

This story was not intended to break the viewer's heart. So there's no strong animal and man bonding in this story like other dog movies had. They wanted to show us what's really happening in the real world and how a dog faces his hurdles throughout his life journey including the people he meet. But remember what I am saying, you won't control yourself, the more you try to hide your tears the more you will wet your eyes. Especially during last 20-15 minutes it was emotional, if you ever had a dog you will know the situation very well. It was the best dog movie (only by few margin) compared to 'Hachiko', 'Red Dog', 'Marley & Me' etc because those movies tells the tales of the dog and their relationship with the humans and mostly from a man's perspective. Those were entertainer masterpieces but this one was more like a some documentary movie. A must watch movie, I guess kids would love to see Quill.


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