IN JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH AND CHINESE SUBTITLES
Director: Yoichi Sai
Starring: Kaoru Kobayashi, Kippei Shiina, Teruyuki
Kagawa, Shinobu Terajima
RunTime: 1 hr 40 mins
Released By: Shaw & Festive Films
Day: 19 August 2004
One morning in June, five Labrador Retriever puppies are born.
One puppy is easily identifiable from the rest as he has a
birthmark on his side, which resembles a bird spreading its
wings. The owner names it Jonathan and hopes to train the
puppies into guide dogs...
it is not easy to train puppies into guide dogs, their owner
approaches guide dog trainer Satoshi Tawada persistently,
who reluctantly agrees to take in one puppy. He chooses the
easy-going Jonathan, as fast-reacting and emotionally expressive
dogs are not suitable to work as guide dogs.
Jonathan is taken to the Nii household, where Isamu and his
wife, Mitsuko volunteer to raise the young pups before they
can train into guide dogs. Upon reaching the Niis, Jonathan
receives the new name "Quill" after his "bird
wings" birthmark on his side.
grows up to be a gentle and lovely pup, though mischievous
at times, the Niis adore him. Soon, Quill reaches his first
birthday which is also the last day that he is in the care
of the Niis. This day marks the start of his training as a
guide dog with Tawada and also his partnership with Mitsuru
Watanabe, a visually-handicapped and stubborn man, who does
not believe in guide dogs... Can Quill bring him love and
Ever wish for a friend who will always stand by you during
good and bad times? Quill, the guide dog is the answer.
together with four other Labrador Retriever puppies, Quill
is unique from the rest, bearing a birthmark on his side that
resembles a bird spreading its wings. Though inattentive and
unenthusiastic at times, Quill's gentle and obedient character
delighted many including a visually handicapped man, who stubbornly
been rejecting the use of guide dogs.
life of Quill revolved around getting acquainted and up close
and personal with this blind man and his family. In spite
of being ill-treated on many occasions, Quill still conscientiously
serves and wait upon the blind man with absolute loyalty.
This could have ignited the emotions of the audience. But
the monotony script and the sluggish-pace of the movie unfortunately
served the movie with great injustice. The supposedly tears-driven
part where Quill and his blind owner were separated was only
briefly captured without injection of any theatrical drama.
Even with award winning director, Yoichi Sai behind the camera,
the portrayal on the theme like "celebrating life"
and "friends forever" was paper-thin.
spite of the numerous short-coming of the movie, it still
managed to put across a basic yet touching message: In the
World of darkness, Quill had indeed brought in the sunshine.
Recommended to all dog lovers.
Review by Leosen Teo