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“At long last: a dog movie that really is just about a dog. The canine in question – Quill, a white Labrador retriever with a dark spot on its belly – does not have to compete for screen time with a moist-eyed tyke. Nor does Quill need to know how to punt a field goal. And outside of a few dream sequences he keeps his thoughts to himself rather than have them spoken aloud by Michael J. Fox. For perhaps the first time in movie history, being a dog is enough. “A major hit throughout East Asia, Quill is the appealing story of our hero’s rise from humble origins (we are told his mother is of unpromising stock) to most-valuable-quadruped status as a seeing-eye dog. Along the way, Quill bonds with the ‘puppy walker’ foster parents who care for him until his first birthday, the officious Mr. Tawada (Kippei Shiina) who oversees his training and finally Mitsuru Watanabe (Kaoru Kobayashi), a blind man who initially refuses Quill’s help. ‘I’d rather stay home than be pulled around by a mutt,’ he tells Tawada. This grouch is soon won over by his new companion, whose chief virtues are his steady nerves and gentle, patient manner. “While not above the tugging of heartstrings, director Yoichi Sai takes a remarkably serene approach, following Quill’s progress with the same patience and inquisitiveness that distinguish the film’s central character. Though clearly of secondary importance, each of the human figures is treated with equal care – we’re a long way from the cheap mugging and clowning of Disney.� – Jason Anderson, eye Weekly
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Directed by: 
Yoichi Sai
Running Time: 
Kaoru Kobayashi, Kippei Shiina, Teruyuki Kagawa, Keiko Todo, Shinobu Terajima
Screenplay by: 
Soichi Maruyama, Yoshihiro Nakamura

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