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At the Be-Kind-to-Animals Center
Furuya Shiro from Kumamoto, Japan
28 March 2013
If you have a dog, you must not miss the movies of dogs. So don't I.
This is by far the most empathizing and moving dog movies I've ever
seen. Though I seldom tear on movies, I could not help tearing with it.
In Japan, abandoned or stray dogs are gathered to a public facility run
by a city, and those animals not claimed within a week are killed. In
many cities, such facility is ironically called a "Be-Kind-to-Animals
I live in Kumamoto City. Kumamoto is famous for taking many measures
aiming "zero killing". According to the manager of the Be-Kind-to-
Animals Center of Kumamoto city, one day a young staff said "I joined
the Be-Kind-to-Animals Center because I loved animals. Why my job here
is to kill them instead?" This question triggered the manager to change
the strategy to zero-killing.
The lead character Kanzaki Shoji (Sakai Masato) has been suffering the
same struggle. He could not tell his daughter the detail of her
father's job, particularly what he has to do when nobody claims a dog.
Sakai Masato has distinct personality. In this movie, his distinct
countenance expresses complicated struggle of a man who is in dilemma
between his job and his love to his children and dogs.
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