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Isle of Dogs (2018)

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Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog.

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Wes Anderson

Writers:

Wes Anderson (story by), Roman Coppola (story by) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 22 wins & 55 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Cranston ... Chief (voice)
Koyu Rankin ... Atari (voice)
Edward Norton ... Rex (voice)
Bob Balaban ... King (voice)
Jeff Goldblum ... Duke (voice)
Bill Murray ... Boss (voice)
Kunichi Nomura Kunichi Nomura ... Mayor Kobayashi (voice)
Akira Takayama ... Major-Domo (voice)
Greta Gerwig ... Tracy Walker (voice)
Frances McDormand ... Interpreter Nelson (voice)
Akira Ito ... Professor Watanabe (voice)
Scarlett Johansson ... Nutmeg (voice)
Harvey Keitel ... Gondo (voice)
F. Murray Abraham ... Jupiter (voice)
Yoko Ono ... Assistant-Scientist Yoko-ono (voice)
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Storyline

An outbreak of dog flu has spread through the city of Megasaki, Japan, and Mayor Kobayashi has demanded all dogs to be sent to Trash Island. On the island, a young boy named Atari sets out to find his lost dog, Spots, with the help of five other dogs... with many obstacles along the way. Written by Mike202

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some violent images | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

13 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Isle of Dogs See more »

Filming Locations:

UK

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,615,269, 25 March 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$32,015,231, 30 August 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,790,396, 29 July 2018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There is a mention of a Toho Mountain in this film. Toho is a leading Japanese film studio responsible for many of Akira Kurosawa's famous films (including Seven Samurai (1954) and Yojimbo (1961)) as well as the Godzilla franchise (which began with Gojira (1954)) and many other giant monster and sci-fi tokusatsu (Japanese special effects) movies. See more »

Goofs

When visiting Jupiter and Oracle, Chief, Duke and Rex all stand closest to Jupiter with Boss and King standing just behind them. When Atari pulls out his picture of Spots, Boss and King are now standing next to Duke and Chief with Rex standing behind them. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chief: Ten centuries ago, before the Age of Obedience, free dogs roamed at liberty, marking their territory. Seeking to extend its dominion, the cat-loving Kobayashi Dynasty declared war and descended in force upon the unwary four-legged beasts. On the eve of total canine annihilation, a child warrior sympathetic to the plight of the besieged underdog dogs, betrayed his species, beheaded the head of the head of the Kobayashi clan, and pledged his sword with the following battle-cry haiku....
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie Anjelica Huston, who is a long time collaborator with Wes Anderson, is credited as the "Mute Poodle". See more »

Connections

References Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Kanbei & Katsushiro - Kikuchiyo's Mambo
(from Shichinin no samurai (1954))
Written by Fumio Hayasaka
Performed by Toho Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of Toho Music Corporation
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I went for Wes Anderson and I got Wes Anderson
16 February 2018 | by xxLucarxxSee all my reviews

I've just seen this movie at Berlinale and it is exactly what you would expect from Wes Anderson. I wasn't sure how he would do with a non-Western setting but he managed well.

He keeps his unique style and it works very well with the futuristic, but still traditional Japanese art. It also incorporates some cartooning along with interesting ideas - the Japanese dialogue is not always translated and when it is, it's by interpreters or foreign exchange students. Anderson manages to merge his style with the Japanese and it works seamlessly.

It's a very quirky film with an all too relatable story. I enjoyed the visuals more than the plot, I'll admit, but it was still a good movie, with the usual quick dialogues, jokes, strange characters - Tilda Swinton being the weirdest, no surprise there - and altogether it's a great experience.

Without spoilers, if you like Wes Anderson, you will like this movie. If you don't, buckle up, because this is jam-packed with everything that is his style, the quirky music works now fused with Japanese, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum and the usual cast having very well fitting characters (watch out for the credits Anjelica Huston is there as a Mute Poodle) and the cinematography being interesting and stunning.

P.S. It's still not a children's movie, don't let the format fool you.


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