MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 79,633 this week

Wasao (2011)

 |  Drama  |  5 March 2011 (Japan)
5.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 38 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 4 critic

Add a Plot

Writer:

(screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 4154 titles
created 02 Jan 2012
 
list image
a list of 234 titles
created 07 Feb 2013
 
list image
a list of 22 titles
created 06 Nov 2013
 
a list of 1162 titles
created 13 Nov 2013
 
a list of 1872 titles
created 27 Jan 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "Wasao" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Wasao (2011)

Wasao (2011) on IMDb 5.9/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Wasao.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An earth-quake causes a nuclear crisis in a fictive Japanese prefecture. In wake of the disaster, the members of the Ono family who reside just outside the border of the mandatory ... See full summary »

Director: Shion Sono
Stars: Isao Natsuyagi, Naoko Ohtani, Jun Murakami
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

20 years ago, an elementary school student falls on an island in the northern tip of Hokkaido. A teacher and 6 students makes contact through songs. What happened to the student who fell? ... See full summary »

Director: Junji Sakamoto
Stars: Ryô Katsuji, Ginga Kikuchi, Eiko Koike
Bizan (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Isshin Inudô
Stars: Nanako Matsushima, Takao Ohsawa, Nobuko Miyamoto
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Tamotsu Inukai is a married middle-aged man with a wife, daughter and son. Mr. Inukai has a strong dislike for dogs, but while he is working on the island his family takes in a Samoyed dog ... See full summary »

Director: Tôru Kamei
Stars: Fumiyo Kohinata, Chiharu, Denden
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

Follow the owners of the infamous "Maison de la petite mort" during their daily work. After the shocking events in part one, you'll never guess what the new owner Monsieur Matheo Maximè is up to. Torturing for money at it's very - worst.

Director: Marcel Walz
Stars: Annika Strauss, Yvonne Wölke, Mika Metz
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Majime, an eccentric man in publishing company, who has unique ability of words, joins the team that will compile a new dictionary, 'The Great Passage.' In the eclectic team, he becomes ... See full summary »

Director: Yûya Ishii
Stars: Ryûhei Matsuda, Aoi Miyazaki, Jô Odagiri
You & Me (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Takashi Kubota
Stars: Aoi Nakamura, Maaya Sakamoto, Yuto Kobayashi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Yûya Ishii
Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Shôta Sometani, Jun Yoshinaga
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Izuru Narushima
Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Hiroshi Abe, Shûichi Azumaya
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Ryûichi Inomata
Stars: Yoshikazu Ebisu, Eiichirô Funakoshi, Ryohei Hirota
Nekonade (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Mika Ohmori
Stars: Noriko Aoyama, Hideko Hara, Noriko Iriyama
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Go Shichitaka
Stars: Hayato Ichihara, Erika Toda, Shin'nosuke Abe
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Makiko Kuno
Takashi Sasano
Hiroko Yakushimaru
Kôichi Ueda
Daisuke Shima
Kôjun Itô
Sawa Suzuki
Shirô Sano
Toshinori Omi
Mikio Ohsawa
Sabu Kawahara
Masahiro Kômoto
Mansaku Fuwa
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 March 2011 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Chiko - Eine Freundschaft fürs Leben  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

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: Wasao
6 July 2011 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

There is always room for another dog movie given that they're after all, Man's best friend, with enough touching plots cooked up to keep the legions of dog lovers happy and in unison that their pet canines would likely possess similar qualities in loyalty, helpfulness and just looking adorable since the camera captures all the best angles. wasao could have been a dog lover's dream movie, but instead it's more of a story of the local inhabitants of a small sleepy town that comes alive through a series of slice of life incidents.

From the get go you know that this is an engineered piece of work that perhaps tried too hard. There's a cycling event (you'll learn later on that it's part of an annual marathon) that the towns folk lined the streets to cheer the cyclists on, only for Akira (Masaki Izawa) to drop his red ball that his pet dog Shiro plays with, and for the dog to instinctively run after it, getting in the way of the event of course. Then Mom just had to run after the dog also instinctively as well, only to be knocked down by a van. Seriously, if an event of that nature on a straight road is in progress, any vehicle if allowed on the road, won't be travelling at that kind of speed to not see anyone stepping out, or for that matter hitting with such an impact it becomes life and death.

So Akira banishes his puppy to some relatives in Tokyo, only for the pup to escape one day, and trek back to what was his home. Insert shots of cute puppy rummaging through thrash for sustenance, getting drenched in the rain, and simply taking all the miserableness in its stride just to make it back to its owner. By the time it gets back to the town, it's all grown up into one large hairy furball, hence its nickname Wasao, but like a lover jilted once and still holding onto a candle, worships its master from afar, blaming itself for causing Akira's Mom a long term stay at the hospital.

And that happens in the first few minutes of the film. The rest of Wasao flits from character to character, scene to scene sometimes in too carefree a fashion, introducing to us a trio of senior citizens (Sabu Kawahara, Mansaku Fuwa, Koichi Ueda) who decided to check off a bucket list item by participating in a triathlon, a (fake looking) bear on the loose wrecking havoc in the agricultural town and a hunter (Takashi Sasano) engaged to hunt for it, who turns out to be somewhat of a lost subplot that went nowhere except to set up something very expected in the closing arc of the narrative, practice drumming sessions that I would have loved to see more of as it featured some infectious beats, only for a very hastily edited segment of a procession being all that came out of it, and a man (Masahiro Komoto) whose participation in the mentioned triathlon turned out to be a comedic spin no thanks to a lady who pledged her hand in marriage should he come in the best.

On the canine front, there's a restaurant lady who owns her own brood of dogs, bringing in the theme of life and death with one of her dogs nearing the end of her life, while another is pregnant, and to a certain degree, this lady (actress Hiroki Yakushimaru) turns out to be quite the main character for her discovery of Wasao/Shiro, her attempts to befriend it, and ultimately figuring out its identity, coupled with being in the thick of the action when looking for a missing Akira who had ventured off trying to cycle his way to Tokyo.

Wasao suffered from having too many characters in it for its own good that on one hand showcases the very kampung feel where everyone in town knows everyone else in the close- knitted community, but on the other relegated the dogs in the show to the usual shots that capture cuteness, and seriously, no self-respective dog film can ever do without shots of a dog running at top speed along a long beach/road, which Wasao contains with aplomb. There could have been a fine balance in its narrative sharing screen time between man and dog, but in this case, the focus was clearly on the human stories, and the other dogs featured in the film stole the show from Shiro who had to just look expectant and hopeful for that recognition from its once owner.

There were many mentions by the characters that Wasao/Shiro had a funny look, that it was ugly yet charming in its own way. I didn't think the dog looked ugly at all, though it had enough fur on it especially in its mane to resemble a white lion. Kimba this is not, but that shouldn't deter any dog lover from having a go at this film. For the rest of us, steer clear if you cannot stand predictability.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Wasao (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page