Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog (2012)



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Based on a true story, Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog is the sweet tale of a yellow Labrador Retriever guide dog for the blind named Quill. We follow Quill from the litter to his selection as a guide dog shortly after his first birthday. After training at a school for guide dogs, Quill is paired with a blind man named Watanabe who at first is reluctant to rely on him. But Quill's great patience, gentleness and skill eventually win him over and they become inseparable friends. -- (C) Music Box Films
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Kaoru Kobayashi
as Mitsuru Watanabe
Kippei Shiina
as Satoru Tawada
Teruyuki Kagawa
as Isamu Nii
Keiko Toda
as Yoshiko Watanabe
Shinobu Terajima
as Mitsuko Nii
Tomoka Kurotani
as Masumi Kubo
Yûko Natori
as Ren Mito
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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (11)

It's surprisingly unsentimental in its depiction of people with disabilities, and the scenes of guide-dog training are informative.

Full Review… | May 24, 2012
Chicago Reader
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Its principal selling point - the supreme watchability of dogs, especially working dogs - is undeniably powerful.

Full Review… | May 17, 2012
New York Times
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It's a wonderful film, though, which is - oddly - only now getting a very limited release, eight years after its Japanese debut.

Full Review… | May 17, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
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Yoichi Sai's movie may be a bit tough for young viewers, but it is gentle and illuminating.

Full Review… | May 17, 2012
New York Daily News
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Save for the tearful goodbye scenes, the only real drama in Quill is that Kobayashi is a little cranky at first and believe he's doing just fine with a cane.

Full Review… | May 16, 2012
AV Club
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What sets this film above so many movies about animals is that it's about a dog who is realistic in every aspect.

Full Review… | May 16, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog

An absolutely lovely film that is more realistic than sentimental when compared to other films like this. I actually found that the film was also informative when explaining about guide dog training too. The ending, as you can imagine, is a little heartbreaking though.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

Super Reviewer


This film was absolutely adorable! I have to admit that my knowledge of guide dogs and what they endure in training is slightly limited, but I have such a profound respect for these gentle souls and their lifelong dedication of serving humans with needs. This particular guide dog, Quill, is truly memorable- so much patience and understanding. His love for Mr. Watanabe (and vice versa) on several film spots almost brought me to tears. Please note that this film is set in subtitles but if you're a fan of films of all range this is definitely one you shouldn't miss. I highly recommend this film!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

Tender, realistic film that is for all ages. Even if you are not a dog lover you can't help bur be moved by the relationships of people to people and people to dogs.

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