7.2/10
1,368
14 user 27 critic

Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog (2004)

Quill (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 18 May 2012 (USA)
Trailer
1:56 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Prime Video

As a Labrador puppy, Quill is sent to live with a couple, Isamu and Mitsuko Nii, who work as volunteers, training guide dogs (seeing eye dogs). When he grows to an adult dog, he is taken to... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (novel) | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A teenage girl adopts a homeless puppy and names it "Socks". They take care of each others since then, until one day when she is thinking Socks to be smaller than she thought it used be...

Director: Katsuhide Motoki
Stars: Rena Tanaka, Ryo Kase, Mayuko Fukuda
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A tale of Mari and three puppies is based on a true story. It tells about the situation Mari and her puppies have gone through after a massive destruction brought by an earthquake that ... See full summary »

Director: Ryûichi Inomata
Stars: Yoshikazu Ebisu, Eiichirô Funakoshi, Ryohei Hirota
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A trickster-for-hire, known as the Tricky Expert, is hired to ruin the lives of a father and son by making them think that he's a part of the family.

Director: Jing Wong
Stars: Stephen Chow, Andy Lau, Rosamund Kwan
Action | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A wild and hilariously anachronistic tale of an imperial guard of the Forbidden City who has no martial arts abilities but a talent for making futuristic machines and must save the kidnapped emperor.

Directors: Stephen Chow, Vincent Kok
Stars: Stephen Chow, Carina Lau, Carman Lee
Yi bu zhi yao (2014)
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Set in 1920s Shanghai, Ma Zouri and Xiang Feitian establish a notorious beauty pageant called the Flowers Competition. All of the city's elite attend the gala event, but when Wanyan Ying ... See full summary »

Director: Wen Jiang
Stars: Zhang Wen, Zhiwen Wang, Huang Hung
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Three thieves try to steal a valuable jade that is tightly guarded by a security chief. But the security guards are not the only obstacle these thieves are facing. An extremely unlucky ... See full summary »

Director: Hao Ning
Stars: Tao Guo, Teddy Lin, Hua Liu
Sam sei goon (1992)
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A shyster with an equally eccentric kung-fu ace of a wife manage to bring justice to the court.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Stephen Chow, Anita Mui, Man-Tat Ng
Action | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Stephen Chow plays a rich playboy who is blown up by a mafia boss when he flirts with the boss's girl. Through a series of circumstances his professor makes him a synthetic (robotic) body ... See full summary »

Directors: Jing Wong, Wai Man Yip
Stars: Stephen Chow, Gigi Leung, Man-Tat Ng
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Watanabe Mitsuru
... Tawada Satoru
... Isamu Nii
Keiko Toda ... Yoshiko Watanabe
Tomoka Kurotani ... Masumi Kubo
Yukika Sakuratani ... Mitsuko Watanabe
... 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
Edit

Storyline

As a Labrador puppy, Quill is sent to live with a couple, Isamu and Mitsuko Nii, who work as volunteers, training guide dogs (seeing eye dogs). When he grows to an adult dog, he is taken to a guide dog school, by a friendly, yet firm trainer Satoru Tawada. Although Quill is a little slower than the other dogs at the school, he seems to have an unusual 'empathy' and remarkable patience with his trainers. Tawade decides that Quill would be the ideal guide dog for Mitsuru Watanabe, but Wanatabe, a lonely and ill-tempered middle aged man, isn't as enthusiastic - he would "would rather sleep than be dragged around by a dog.". From here, the story is narrated by Wanatabe's daughter, Mitsuko, and slowly, Wantanbe is rehabilitated, venturing into the outside world, and learning, not only to trust other humans, but the animal at his side who guides him. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Quill website [Germany]

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 May 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog  »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$699,117 (Japan), 12 March 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,602, 29 June 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,075, 15 July 2012
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Version of Môdôken Kuîru no isshô (2003) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Japanese dogs obey their masters' orders more if they are in English.
28 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

Before watching this film, I was feeling quite excited as I just had a certain idea of what Sai Yoichi might be as a filmmaker. He started his illustrious career as an assistant for Nagisa Oshima on the highly controversial art film "Empire of the senses". It was the same film for which the famous gangster turned filmmaker Koji Wakamatsu provided funds. In the recent past, I had seen only one film directed by him "Blood and Bones". For me,although it was a very violent film I had ever seen in my life, it enabled me to keenly watch and observe Kitano Takeshi's acting talents. So it was with such pleasant expectations and unknown surprises that I began watching this film with my family. At the end of the film, I was feeling elated as I had discovered an hitherto unknown facet of Japanese culture. To begin with, "Quill" made me catch glimpses of family life in Japan as it was shot in a small town away for the bustling metropolis Tokyo. Watching this film made me realize how much value people from Asian countries especially Koreans, Chinese and Japanese attach to English language and culture. It is true that one should try not to be sentimental about dogs, what pleased me the most was the emotional bond which Yochi Sai depicted by making a blind person aware of his dog's worthiness. There are moments of sadness in the film but all in all they served their purpose well. This is a point which all serious viewers would take away with them when they watch this simple, frank and honest film.


5 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 14 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page