Thursday, February 12, 2015

Star Watching Dog (2011)


The story follows a lonely, bookish bureaucrat who takes it upon himself to identify the body of a homeless man and his dog discovered on the outskirts of town following the melting of the snow.

Loved the performances, most notably by Toshiyuki Nishida-san. He character reels you in the quest of finding out more about him and I loved how the makers didn't make Happy your regular, run-of-a-mill, typical sugary sweet dog. I think that added quite a bit of realism to Nishida-san's character as owner and Happy's relationship. Tetsuji Tamayama's acting performance, either he was absolutely brilliant in his guilt-ridden yet sort of disconnected guy. Umika Kawashima as naive, dreamy eyed teenager delivers a great, honest to character performance.

This is the segment that makes it your typical canine film and frankly was a lot more interesting than everything else that went by earlier, since they were little more than teases for the real thing, as we learn just why and what this dog did what it did.  The movie is essentially about relationships and the need to have purpose in one's life.

Overall, probably the most emotionally involved film I have seen all year, although you'll be pleased to note aside from the odd bit of dust in my eye I managed to keep it bottled up. All in all, I just loved this movie. Despite it's bit of tragic part, it really makes you feel so good in your heart.  

Star Watching Dog (2011)

§  Movie: Star Watching Dog
§  Romaji: Hoshi Mamoru Inu
§  Japanese: 星守る犬
§  Director: Tomoyuki Takimoto
§  Cast: Toshiyuki Nishida, Tetsuji Tamayama, Umika Kawashima
§  Release Date: June 11, 2011
§  Runtime: 128 min.
§  Distributor: Toho
§  Language: Japanese
§  Country: Japan


An unidentified middle aged man (Toshiyuki Nishida) is found dead in his car near a camping ground on a mountain in Hokkaido. His dead dog, an Akita, lays next to him. The dog died approximately six months after the man's death. There isn't any identification found on the deceased man.

City Hall employee Kyousuke Okutsu (Tetsuji Tamayama) is then assigned to uncover the man's identity for a proper funeral. When Kyosuke investigates the scene he discovers a receipt from a thrift store inside the car. Kyosuke's investigation begins in earnest as he traces the man's last journey. Along the way, Kyosuke is reminded of his own past and his star watching dog Kuro. Kyosuke finally learns how the man and his faithful dog spent their last days ...


Star Watching Dog (2011)

Star Watching Dog (2011)

Star Watching Dog (2011)



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