» » Inu to watashi no 10 no yakusoku (2008)

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A teenage girl adopts a homeless puppy and names it "Socks". They take care of each others since then, until one day when she is thinking Socks to be smaller than she thought it used be...

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    • Author: artman
    You probably cannot count just how many doggie movies are out there, with its fair share coming out of Japan. Neither can I, and ever since Hachiko I thought none could stand up to the loyalty of that dog, but I guess I was wrong. You think you know the usual drill when it comes to stories about man's best friend, but I guess one can always count on the Japanese to weave a story based on much melodrama that somehow works, no matter if it at first glance might seem to be familiar.

    Like how the dog remains unflinchingly loyal to its owner, good or bad in its owner's treatment of it. Or how it can always be relied on to provide that listening ear, even though they obviously don't speak our language, or best of all, how as a puppy the camera always capture their best angle to make you wish you could go home to one who that will always wag its tail and playfully pounce on you as a greeting, as if you're the best person in the world that stepped through the door.

    The 10 promises referred to here isn't exactly 10 of the best that one would actually commit to the pet, but rather, a pact of understanding from both parties that build on trust. And that turns out to be key to the story, as it extends not only between animals and man, but across relationships that both parties will forge with others and fellow species as well. In fact, some of these serve as universal reminders, and I suppose young kids who are brought to see this G-rated film, will probably come to understand that it takes a lot of responsibility to take care of a pet, especially when one's priorities in life tend to change as one grows up within the average lifespan of, in this case, a dog.

    Told over 10 years, the film stars Mayuko Fukuda and Lena Tanaka as the character of Akari, a young girl who seem to suffer from setback after setback ranging from family to relationship issues, despite her sunshine cheery demeanour. And the best parts in the movie pertain to the carefully crafted story about family, about being there for your loved ones, and making precious moments count. And with the 10 promises, we will journey with Akari to see if she can commit to the pact successfully, or not.

    But it's not just a story about a girl and her dog, and there's where this movie shines in being different from the usual run off the mill stories. There's a small sub plot involving Akari's golden retriever Socks in its ability to become a therapy dog, both for herself, and good friend Hoshi (Ryo Kase). And it chief strength was in how it weaved a very nice, touching story about family, of being there every moment that you can, and making such moment matter. Just like how Akari's father Saito (Etushi Toyokawa, in a role that perhaps many can identify with) places work in a higher priority than family in order to put bread on the table, but realizes that work just isn't everything as time will just pass you by. And it served as an interesting parallel when Akari loathes her father's non-presence, but slowly we see her succumbing to these same attitudes as well, much to the disappointment of, well, everyone else.

    Despite a romantic angle being ploughed into the movie at its midpoint on, its family one still stood its ground and delivered the melodramatic payload when it mattered, to tug at your heartstrings during the inevitable finale. And while listening to the Japanese cast bravely sing their way through Time After Time, I'd figured that while it fit the movie nicely with the message it wanted to bring across, perhaps this version of the song will sooth calm nerves:

    Highly recommended if you have never seen a movie about man and his best friend, or if the last one you've watched was a few years ago. Otherwise you should know what to expect when it goes into dramatic overdrive.
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    • Author: Vizuru
    Contrary to some reviews here, the last thing i can say about this movie is that it's just another cute movie with a dog in it. I've seen many movies with animals in my life and honestly almost all of them were nothing more than just the usual pile of childish garbage that usually comes out of Hollywood filled with brainwashing morals. 10 Promises to my dog - wipes the floor with Marley & Me or all the Benjys you'll ever see coming out of commercial American cinema for one simple reason, 10 Promises to my dog doesn't exploit cute dog scenes just to be some kind of fluffy kids movie. It's clichéd alright, but it manages to avoid using those scenes to drive the movie and surprise surprise, it's not a movie about a cute dog but a movie about the impact of owning an animal. And it's depicted in the most natural way i've ever seen. The owners don't look like Models and do not live glamorous lives, the kids don't play baseball and nobody is trying to treat audiences like idiots by explaining everything, every minute by doing it in your face using dialogues full of American family values passing for universal ones. And best of all 10 Promises to my Dog makes us think about things we weren't expecting at all, specially if we go into this movie thinking it's just like another Disney kids movie. This is a family movie, but believe me, it's not exactly for kids due to its adult emotional content and many layers. It's a movie for everyone who ever owned a dog. Don't be discouraged by its looks and cute movie posters. There is much more to it, touches some interesting areas like death, responsibility and solitude and manages to do this without the audience even noticing it. But above all it has real characters with human trades we can recognize. This is an amazing little movie, it's not just another movie with a dog. If there is a movie that truly depicts the difference between oriental cinema nowadays and American popcorn stuff is this one. It's popcorn alright but it has much better butter in it. See it, before you get a dog or if you ever owned one. It's amazing.
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    • Author: Wohald
    "Inu to watashi no 10 no yakusoku" is a typical animal film. 10 years of a dog, and everything is laid out to make a perfect animal story, with exciting moments, sad moments, happy moments and finally even a wedding. The story is about respecting animals as living beings and a dog as a member of the family in particular. It's a nice movie for children and a good lesson for some adults, who even at their age see their pet only as a cute doll. Otherwise it does not have much to offer, at least no to me. The actors are likable, the music is nice and the production is decent. All in all it is a decent movie for a certain target audience.
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    • Author: Tolrajas
    Expected usual dog movie with emotional ending, but I encountered different here. In fact the end was very touching, but this dog movie is not your regular one. It is largely distinct from similar themes you had seen before which is not ruled by the dogs like the one from 'The Cave of the Yellow Dog'.

    This is a pure drama about the father-daughter relationship and a childhood friendship where a dog sneaks into their lives as the part of it. The best performances by everyone, but sad for those who are expected dog's contribution like naughty stuffs to enjoy the parts of the story.

    To clearly say about the plot, it is about a girl who makes the 10 promises to her dog and would she keeps her oath is what the movie briefs in the rest. If you ever had a dog it will question you as well what you did for him/her other than giving shelter and food.

    So far seen half a dozen of Japanese dog movies, but this is one of the special dog movie, in some angle it is best of its kind. Because the story was not told from the dog's perspective or dog did not have a strong presence. All about his/her master, whether he treated respectfully with love and shared his life or not.

    I remind you again, don't go for it expecting the regular style dog movie because you may end in a disappointment. But I still recommend this decent romance-drama which stated its intention clearly to the viewers with a strong ending.
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    • Author: Jan
    10 Promises to My Dog is one movie about all types of relationships centered particularly to that of having a pet.It stars Rena Tanaka, Ryo Kase, Etsushi Toyokawa and Mayuko Fukuda.The movie was directed by Katsuhide Motoki.

    10 Promises to My Dog starts when a puppy comes to the house of Akari, who has just turned twelve, and was trying hard to act strong after her mother suddenly fell ill. She immediately falls in love with the puppy and names it "Socks" after the paws which looked like they had white socks on. Akari was together with Socks day and night. However, as Akari grows up, her feelings and interest moves away from Socks. Year by year, their distance grows, which also leads to her physical distance as she moves to a far off city, and must leave Socks behind to a childhood friend.One day Akari remembers the 10 promises that she had made with Socks and her deceased mother and moves toward into reinstating her relationship with her dog.

    10 Promises to My Dog is a bittersweet and heartwarming movie about relationships especially with that towards having a pet.The movie works to provide themes of different types of relationships such as familial,childhood friendship,adult friendship and even romance although it was somewhat underdeveloped in the story.Nevertheless,it works as it tries to provide what the characteristics necessary in forming and maintaining relationships whether both are close together,at a distance and after death.The relationship of having a pet is best portrayed in this film as the movie tries to incorporate how one's relationship with it deteriorates especially when a person matures or grows older.It was a touching film that people of all ages will appreciate as people do not live in this world in isolation.Credit goes to the actresses who portrayed the young Akira and Akira namely Mayuko Fukuda and Rena Tenaka for carrying the movie and making it interesting from beginning to end.A viewer would probably not avoid to shed a tear as this movie ends.Arguably,this is one of the best Japanese movies I have ever seen and Asian movies with themes on relationship particularly with that of a pet.
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    • Author: Qwert
    A 14 year-old girl becomes the owner of a Golden retriever puppy and, with her mother, makes ten promises to the dog. Mom leaves the picture early, and dad becomes a Mr. mom. We see the dog, Socks, grow from puppy-hood to adult over the next ten years. Along the way, the girl becomes an adult with responsibilities and a life with others not including the neglected doggy. All will be well in the end as the woman and canine find their way. I have a weakness for dog movies and I highly recommend this one. The Golden retriever is amazing and the humans are pretty much secondary. Socks is a star.
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    • Author: CrazyDemon
    This film is best described as a tearjerker. This film tires everything known to get the audience to shed a few tears, and the best way to do this is through an animal. A well- trained Golden Retriever is the animal of choice. The story develops around a girl named Akira and her dog Socks. Akira's mother makes her promise 10 different things to Socks, which is more of an acknowledgment of what Akira needs to do to raise Socks. While the title suggests this film is about a girl's relationship with her dog, it really develops into Akira's story about growing up.

    While Socks is a well-trained dog that follows the commands he is the only interesting one to watch. Everything else in the film seems over exaggerated from the acting to the situations that arise. The film tries so hard to make you cry that it seems to have forgotten all about the basic aesthetics. In an attempt to create a specific mood the story gets jumbled and lost. From a story about a dog and its master it becomes a love story. The ending seems out of place, focusing on the romantic side instead of the relationship between Akira and Socks.

    If you have seen a film that is about a pet and its owner, then you have already seen this film. Everything is predictable, and especially the ending. This story about the cute dog and the owner, that cares more about them than the dog, has been done and is very overrated. The only point of this film is to try to make you cry, and while it may succeed in that objective, the film seems to have lost the story. Scenes seem to appear for the sake of a tear instead of their importance to the plot. While having an emotional reaction to a film can be good, if emotion is only achieved through certain scenes and not the entire film, it is a waste of time, which is exactly what this film is.
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    • Author: Longitude Temporary
    Similar to Quill (2004), this film involves a pet dog, giving the audience a hint of what will come as the ending to this film. Several scenes have been deliberately set up as tear-jerker scenes, very much similar to Quill (2004).

    First time viewers...(read more) who have not watched Quill (2004) may find this film touching and emotional. Veteran viewers of films of this particular genre will see it instead as cliché and passé.

    While the deliberate tear-jerker elements may somewhat contribute to the downfall of this film (leading to 7 instead of 8 stars), the meaningful moral behind the film with regards to balancing family relationships vs. personal dreams/careers cannot be depicted any better.
  • Credited cast:
    Rena Tanaka Rena Tanaka - Akari Saito
    Ryo Kase Ryo Kase - Susumu Hoshi (as Ryô Kase)
    Mayuko Fukuda Mayuko Fukuda - Akari Saito - child
    Chizuru Ikewaki Chizuru Ikewaki - Yuko Inoue
    Akira Fuse Akira Fuse - Shinichi Hoshi
    Reiko Takashima Reiko Takashima - Fumiko Saito
    Etsushi Toyokawa Etsushi Toyokawa - Yuichi Saito
    Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
    Akiko Aitsuki Akiko Aitsuki
    Hana Ebise Hana Ebise
    Mina Fujii Mina Fujii
    Ittoku Kishibe Ittoku Kishibe - Cashier
    Akane Ohsawa Akane Ohsawa
    Takashi Sasano Takashi Sasano
    Shota Sato Shota Sato
    Yasunari Takeshima Yasunari Takeshima - Station Staff
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