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Movie Review: 10 Promises to my dog

The rules every dog owner must known by heart, explained in a movie form. Be ready to shed some tears with your 10 Promises to your dog!


Name: 10 Promises to my dog
Also known as:  Inu to Watashi no 10 no Yakusoku
Director: Katsuhide Motoki
Written by: Hare Kawaguchi
Distributor: Shochiku
Release date: 15th March 2008
Running time: 117 minutes

Even though this is an older movie, I really wanted to make this review as it is still one of my favorite Japanese movies. I believe that anyone with a dog (or planning to get a dog) should watch this movie or at least read the 10 promises.

Synopsis:
Akari’s father is a top surgeon who works long hours and puts his carrer before his family, causing Akari to get neglected. Her mother is hospitalized due to an incurable disease. Because of this Akari longs for some company, and to be specific, a dog’s company. One day, a puppy unexpectedly appears in the garden of Akari’s home. Akari immediately decides to adopt it. At her mother’s suggestion, Akari decides to call the dog “Socks” because of the puppy’s white paws, making it seem like she is wearing white socks. Her mother then makes her promise 10 promises to Socks. Will she be able to keep them?

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Plot:

Spoilers! Do not read if you want to see the movie without any major spoilers.

Akari’s father is a top surgeon who works long hours and puts his carrer before his family, causing Akari to get neglected. Her mother is hospitalized due to an incurable disease. Because of this Akari longs for some company, and to be specific, a dog’s company. One day, a puppy unexpectedly appears in the garden of Akari’s home. Akari immediately decides to adopt it. At her mother’s suggestion, Akari decides to call the dog “Socks” because of the puppy’s white paws, making it seem like she is wearing white socks. Her mother then makes her promise 10 promises to Socks, also known as The Ten Commandments of Dog Ownership.

A few motnhs later, Akari’s mom dies and Akari grieves for 2 days. After that her neck is very stiff and she is unable to move it. With Sock’s help, she is able to overcome it as it is due to her own imagination. S. then finds out it was her mom who placed Socks in the garden in the first place. Not long after they have to move due to her dad’s job. They will move to Sapporo. However, because of the dormitory’s rules (no pets allowed) Akari has to reluctantly entrust Socks to be taken care of by her friend, Susumu.

As Susumu is accepted into a musicschool in Paris, another problem pops up. On the day Susumu is leaving, Akari’s father, gets called back to the hospital for an Emergency surgery. In the end it wasn’t that big of an emergency. This caused Akari to be late in seeing Susumu off. Out of guilt her father resigns . Later on they move back to their old house, Socks once again comes back to live with them. Akari’s father manages to set up a local clinic, which proves to be popular with the locals.

10 years later, Akari is studying at an university to become a vet. She notices a poster advertisement for Susumu’s upcoming performance in the city. After a sad yet good reunion, they start dating. Akari starts to feel that Socks is a constrain to her. She starts to bemoan the sacrifices she have to make because of Socks. After her graduation she becomes a Zoo keeper in Asahiyama Zoo. She barely returns to her home and neglects Socks. However, when Socks helps Susumu get over a trauma, getting him to play the guitar again, she is remembered of the good pawed pall.

Socks starts to age and becomes weaker. When Akari visits her hometown she is shocked how much weaker Socks became and promises to pass by more often, however, because of her work she is unable to fulfill that promise. One day, her father calls and tells her Sock is dying. She rushed back to her home, just in time to say her farwells, and see if she kept the 10 promises she made 10 years ago.

After Socks passed away, Akari and her father find an long-lost photo of Socks and a letter from her mother. The letter tells Akari that Socks was meant as a replacement for herself, even though Socks wouldn’t live as long as Akari herself. She also got remembered of how her dad sacrifices his career for her. Not long after, Akari and Susumu marry.

 

Conclusion:
8/10
I seriously love this movie. It might be an eye-opener for many dog owners who are neglecting their dogs because of their busy lives. I love the story even though it sometimes might seem a little long treated. The characters were well pictured and I believe this is a movie about a matter that happens more often than people realize.
Don’t wait until it is too late.

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