Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog

2004 NR 1h 40m DVD

Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog

2004 NR 1h 40m DVD
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Handpicked from a litter of five to become a guide dog, a young Labrador retriever pup named Quill impresses his trainer with his hard work and patience. But once he's paired with blind man Watanabe, he helps his stubborn new owner see the world.
Kaoru Kobayashi, Kippei Shiina, Teruyuki Kagawa, Keiko Toda, Tomoka Kurotani, Shinobu Terajima, Kenji Mizuhashi, Yûko Natori
Yoichi Sai
Widescreen 1.85:1
Japanese: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog is a Japanese movie that will appeal to all ages, as long as reading subtitles isn't a problem. Though the film follows the format of a documentary, it's a scripted drama about a grumpy older man and his selfless guide dog learning to work together. There's no swearing or smoking, and only a few scenes where adults relax with beer. Also, the puppies are unbearably cute.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


A grumpy old man frequently snaps at the people around him.


Characters sometimes discuss when and where a dog will "poop" and "pee" in Japanese with subtitles.

Social Behavior

Devotion to duty is paramount for a guide dog, but it's just as important for Quill's blind master to follow the procedures for getting around with a canine partner. They function best as a team and are less efficient when one decides to do things things his own way.


Some Japanese brands are visible onscreen, including Suntory beer and All Nippon Airways.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A man visits a beer vending machine for a drink.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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