MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 38,171 this week

Star Watching Dog (2011)
"Hoshi mamoru inu" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  10 June 2011 (Japan)
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 96 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 5 critic

A film adaptation of a Manga cartoon by Takashi Murakami of Osaka (not the contemporary artist from Tokyo)... See full synopsis »

Director:

Writers:

(manga), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 103 titles
created 24 Jan 2011
 
list image
a list of 145 titles
created 10 Jun 2013
 
a list of 8943 titles
created 08 Sep 2013
 
a list of 92 titles
created 19 Oct 2013
 
a list of 48 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Star Watching Dog (2011)

Star Watching Dog (2011) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Star Watching Dog.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sunny (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

New high-school transfer student Na-Mi comes from a small town in Jeolla Province to her new school in the capital city of Seoul. When she is nervous, her small town dialect comes out & she... See full summary »

Director: Hyeong-Cheol Kang
Stars: Ho-jeong Yu, Eun-kyung Shim, Hee-kyung Jin
Bright Future (2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two young guys work in a plant that manufactures oshibori (those moist hand-towels found in some Japanese restaurants). Their weird bond is based on uncontrollable rage--something neither ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Jô Odagiri, Tadanobu Asano, Tatsuya Fuji
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

"K" loves Cream but has terminal cancer so he keeps his love for her secret and tries to find a mate for her before he dies so she will not be alone after he dies.

Director: Tae-Yeon Won
Stars: Sang-Woo Kwon, Bo-young Lee, Beom-su Lee
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Reiji Kikukawa, who has a strong sense of justice, graduated from the police academy with the lowest score ever. He becomes a police constable, but is suddenly fired by the Police Chief due... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Tôma Ikuta, Ken'ichi Endô, Mitsuru Fukikoshi
Masquerade (2012)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Amid national chaos and fear for his life, tyrannical King Gwanghae orders his trusted councilor Heo Kyun to find a royal body double. He hires Ha-seon, a peasant mimic who bears a perfect ... See full summary »

Director: Chang-min Choo
Stars: Byung-hun Lee, Ryu Seung-Ryong, Hyo-ju Han
Rain of Light (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Banmei Takahashi
Stars: Masato Hagiwara, Ren Ôsugi, Sansei Shiomi
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Toshiyuki Nishida ...
Dad
Tetsuji Tamayama ...
Kyosuke Okutsu
Umika Kawashima ...
Yuki Kawamura
Kimiko Yo ...
Innkeeper
Yôichi Nukumizu ...
Tomita
Mari Hamada ...
Tomita's Wife
Sansei Shiomi ...
Manager Nishitani
...
Convenient Store Manager
Kayoko Kishimoto ...
Mom
...
Kyosuke's grandfather
Tomokazu Miura ...
Seaside Restaurant Owner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amane Nomura ...
Girl (voice)
Edit

Storyline

A film adaptation of a Manga cartoon by Takashi Murakami of Osaka (not the contemporary artist from Tokyo)... See full synopsis »

Add Full Plot | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 June 2011 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Star Watching Dog  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

, ,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Nutshell Review: Star Watching Dog
5 November 2011 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

Based on a manga, Star Watching Dog despite its title, poster and trailer, is not quite your typical film with a story revolving around our canine friends, and because they are our best friends, there are countless of such films made, usually entrenched in saccharine sweet melodrama where the hallmarks of a dog's loyalty get put on display, until in recent years Hollywood's movie magic decided to make them talk like humans, in films that you would be better off missing. Star Watching Dog goes back to basics, but in its eagerness to move away from formula, crafted a film centered around the human characters, who sadly isn't half as interesting as Happy, one of two dogs prominently featured in the movie.

There are two story arcs in this film, although one of them is little more than a sideshow distraction set up only to provide the picturesque looking sunflower filled field and to create an emotional hole in the heart of lead character Kyousuke Okutsu (Tetsuji Tamayama), a civil servant who grew up with a dog which he had carelessly mistreated, and to this day still bears the emotional scars of his cruel act. The main arc involves the discovery of an abandoned van in the middle of nowhere, and the skeletal remains of a man and his dog. This discovery landed on the lap of Kyousuke who is tasked to do the necessary since there are no identification papers found anywhere, except for a series of receipts, which Kyousuke gladly took up to track down the story of whoever it was, and was especially piqued by the dog, now buried in a nearby makeshift grave, which decided not to leave its master's remains until its own demise.

So begins a road trip of sorts for Kyousuke as we journey together from point to point, starting with a spa hotel, to a provision shop, followed by an antique shop, on a ferry to the island of Hokkaido and finally to a beachfront hotel. Along the way Kyousuke picks up Yuki Kawamura (Umika Kawashima), a runaway who decided to come along for the ride. This makes the entire narrative very episodic in nature, with each pitstop contributing to the backstory of the main arc involving the unidentified man (Toshiyuki Nishida) and his Akita dog Happy (the Akita you will know since it's a breed made famous by Hachiko) told in flashbacks, which involves very little of the usual dog antics and tricks used by filmmakers to pad their films, but focused a lot more on Toshiyuki Nishida's elderly man character instead, with the man being obviously sick, and running out of cash, plodding to its inevitable end.

But here's where the filmmakers took out their cheat sheet after they have exhausted a lot of scenes with the very obvious message that kids don't make good pet owners, as they are in it for a pet so long as the latter stays cute, and will outlive their welcome once the animals grow up, since they will be other distractions in life while growing up. We don't necessarily learn a lot about the elderly man and his dog Happy during the flashbacks, and neither does the characters of Kyousuke and Yuki serve any further function once their quest brings them full circle to where they had started, so the filmmakers had to pad the film with an extended epilogue that explained and showed, from the very beginning, with the elderly man's relationship with Happy, going through a series of milestone events from the Lehmann Brothers debacle, and the breaking up of the man's family through his own indifference, making him one really sad soul with nobody to turn to except for his dog as they go on a one-way trip with a medical sentence in tow, with no money, no friends and no family but each other.

This is the segment that makes it your typical canine film and frankly was a lot more interesting than everything else that went by earlier, since they were little more than teases for the real thing, as we learn just why and what this dog did what it did, although it can be said that this epilogue section was anything but canonical since nobody can actually verify what was said and done, if the narrative technique following Kyousuke was used. So I thought this was entirely necessary, otherwise the entire film would have felt really empty. There's little character development in the story since the characters are all on their respective road trips in different timelines with little time devoted to allow audiences to learn more of their characters behind what's being played out on screen.

Like the dolphin blessed with a happy looking face, Happy the Akita dog also possesses similar features that will appeal to just about any kid in the theatre to want to get one, but I really hope its message will sink into parents not to succumb to impulse and then having a go at abandoning a being that has nothing but absolute loyalty for you. As far as films about canines go, this one settles in just about average, saved very much by the last, unfortunately draggy, 30 minutes.


4 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Star Watching Dog (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?