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The heartwarming true story of the dog that touched the hearts of the Japanese people reaches the big screen with Wasao. See how the adorable Akita - popular for being so ugly that he's cute - became an UNESCO-recognized tourism ambassador. Writer Kobayashi Hirotoshi and director Nishikori Yoshinari (the team behind Railways) traces the life of Wasao from his days as an abandoned puppy to growing up under the loving care of a restaurant owner, played by Yakushimaru Hiroko (Always - Sunset on Third Street).
The story of the Akita named Wasao begins in Tokyo, when he was loved by the family's youngest child Akira. However, when tragedy strikes, the family goes against Akira's wishes and abandons the puppy. Eventually, the puppy finds his way to a coastal town in Aomori Prefecture, where he meets kind restaurant owner Setsuko (Yakushimaru Hiroko). Years later, Setsuko and her loyal customers finally win the trust of the dog, now all grown up and given the name Wasao (played by the real-life Wasao).
Yakushimaru Hiroko (Actor)
Nishikiori Yoshinari (Director)