With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Friday, May 11, 2012

ACF 1460: QUILL: THE LIFE OF A GUIDE DOG to open in limited release

Music Box Films Presents
Opening in the U.S. on Friday, May 18 in limited release 

Yoichi Sai’s delightful tale  QUILL: THE LIFE OF A GUIDE DOG (2004), the story of Quill, a Labrador Retriever seeing eye dog, is scheduled to open on Friday, May 18 in New York at Cinema Village and in Chicago at the Music Box Theatre. (AsianCineFest will review the film next week.)

Based on Ryohei Akimoto’s novel Modoken Quill No IsshoQUILL: THE LIFE OF A GUIDE DOG follows Quill (named for the bird wings mark on his side) from the litter to his selection as a seeing-eye dog.  After training at a school for guide dogs, Quill is paired with Watanabe, an ill-tempered blind man (Japanese Academy Award-winning actor Kaoru Kobayashi,) a professional advocate for the disabled, who at first refuses to be paired with him.  But Quill’s great patience, gentleness and unique skills eventually win him over and the two become inseparable friends. Heart-warming and visually charming,  QUILL is an irresistible treat for dog lovers.

Korean-Japanese director Yoichi Sai’s previous films, ALL UNDER THE MOON and BLOOD AND BONES, garnered top Japanese awards including the Kinema Junpo Award for Best Director, Film and Screenplay as well as the Japanese Academy awards for Best Director and Screenplay. He currently serves as the President of the Japanese Directors Guild.

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