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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.

Director:

Wes Anderson

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Wes Anderson (story by), Roman Coppola (story by) | 3 more credits »
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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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When Rex, Boss, King, and Duke exit the trash compactor, they are shown to be covered in dirt and soot. However, when the shot changes to the point of view of the drone (looking down at the dogs), all four are completely clean. See more »

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

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Midnight Sleighride (from 'The Lieutenant Kije Suite')
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Arrangement by Eddie Sauter and Bill Finegan
Performed by The Sauter Finegan Band (as The Sauter-Finegan Orchestra)
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Another Wes Anderson Classic
26 March 2018 | by Jack_C_See all my reviews

We absolutely loved Isle of Dogs. All of your classic Wes Anderson tropes of lingering still shots, zany dialogue, and an outlandish take on underdogs (pun intended) rebelling against the system are present. The Japanese themes were artistically delivered as well as one could expect, and felt respectful to the culture. The quality is as good as Fantastic Mr Fox, though the heavy use of untranslated Japanese leaves the viewer somewhat emotionally estranged from human characters.

Setting is modern Japan, where a dog flu epidemic has turned a city against its furry friends. The evil dog hating mayor has rounded up all dogs and exiled them to trash island, where they live in filth and suffering. Atari, the adopted son of the Mayor, flies a plane onto the island to rescue his dog. Hilarity and poignant moments ensue.

Don't miss this one if you are a Wes Anderson fan, or simply want a great comedy. Certain scenes may bother kids below the age of 5. The subtle allegory on an evil leader stirring the pot against the most helpless in our society is timely and well wrought. There is a legitimate criticism on the "white savior" plot device that plagues nearly all Western movies based in Asia, and I hope future directors take heed.


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