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Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog

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Overview

The documentary-like story of a yellow Labrador Retriever guide dog for the blind named Quill. We follow Quill from the litter, his selection to become a guide, his life with a foster family until his first birthday, followed by highly specialized schooling in guiding the sightless. He is then paired with a blind man named Watanabe Mitsuru who is at first reluctant to rely on Quill. But Quill’s great patience, gentleness and skill eventually wins him over and they become inseparable friends.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

"A warm-hearted, visually charming, and ultimately thought-provoking tribute to the ways, little and large, that these creatures improve our lives."

GEORGIA STRAIGHT

"One of the smartest, most realistic dog films ever made"

EXCLAIM

"Audiences are unlikely to resist Quill in this simply rendered and indisputably sweet film."

EYE MAGAZINE

Winner! Kinema Junpo Awards 2005 - Best Director, Yôichi Sai

Hong Kong Film Awards 2005 Nominee - Best Asian Film, Japan

Winner! Hochi Film Awards 2004 - Best Director, Yôichi Sai

Cast & Crew
  • Mitsuru Wantanabe : Kaoru Kobayashi
  • Satoru Tawada : Kippei Shiina
  • Isamu Nii : Teruyuki Kagawa
  • Mitsuko Nii : Shinobu Terajimi
  • Director : Yôichi Sai
  • Writers : Ryohei Akimoto, Kengo Ishiguro, Shoichi Maruyama
  • Editor : Isao Kawase
  • Cinematographer : Junichi Fujisawa
  • Make-up : Etsuko Egawa
  • Production Design : Riki Imamura
  • Music : Kuricorder Quartet
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 2004
  • Release Date : 05/18/12
  • Countries of Production : Japan
  • Languages : Japanese
  • Running Time : 100 minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 1.85:1
  • Sound : Dolby Digital
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : Not Rated
Theatrical Engagements
Theater Name
City
State
Date
Chicago
IL
05/18/2012
New York
NY
05/18/2012
Wilmette
IL
05/25/2012
Bellingham
WA
06/01/2012
Williamsburg
VA
06/08/2012
Coral Gables
FL
06/29/2012
Key West
FL
07/06/2012
Lake Park
FL
07/06/2012
Wilmington
DE
07/06/2012
Fort Lauderdale
FL
07/06/2012
Anchorage
AK
07/29/2012