Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Tale of Mari and Three Puppies (2007) Japan

It should have been a art product but still a nice one.

Drama | Thriller

Original title:
Mari To Koinu No Monogatari (Japanese)

     'The Adventures of Yellow Dog' meets 'My Neighbor Totoro'. There's a reason to say that. This movie is very much similar movie to 'The Adventures of Yellow Dog'. The place where the movie shot was kinda reminds the village with trees and paddy fields from the movie 'My Neighbor Totoro'. The brother-sister combo as well resembling two sisters. If you liked these two titles you would love 'A Tale of Mari and Three Puppies' for sure.

     Definitely it is an inspiring movie. But many scenes were not realistic especially rescue operation stuffs looks clearly a fake with amateur stunts. Just like seeing a commercial movie where story had caliber to deliver a fine product. I think they missed as opportunity to make this movie as an wonderful drama. For a story like this it would have been slow in pace to development required artistic presentation. But character emotions had a strong hold on the important scenes. Yes it is a tearjerker movie with lots of commercial elements.

     The little girl and the dog's performances were excellent and in few parts grandfather role as well. There were sufficient humours to make us laugh in few portions. As they say it was based on real events but a fiction story. The story follows as a family with two kids and a father and a grandfather who live in a village next to a big city which divided by a river. These kids find a puppy which comes across from nowhere on their way to go and play in a place called moon. With a struggle they finally get a permission to raise the dog. The days go on, after a few years the village get hit by a major natural disaster which disconnects from the outside world. The rest of the story tells how the people who were trapped get escaped from the tragedy.

     [Spoiler alert] I was a little disappointed for the product's final output and I could not resist by  mentioning it. This movie traveled in one direction, sometime that did not make any sense. Like, this story had no surprises, that's fine, okay, but it only had a happy ending as expected. On two occasions they had a chance to make a deep emotions by eliminating characters from the story like the movies 'Hachiko' 'Red Dog' and 'Star Watching Dog'. You know sentiments easily attract family and women audience so they have missed to create such magical touch. [Spoiler alert]

     There's two reasons why you must see the movie. If you are a animal or dog movie fan you should go for it. And of course if you like emotional stories that mean a tearjerker movie fan then it the right movie to choose.

Similar movies:
The Adventures of Yellow Dog, Eight Below, Star Watching Dog, My Neighbor Totoro, Red Dog

Suitable for:
Tween, Teen, Adult, All

Final verdict:
Ignore, Bad, Average, Good, Excellent

Mari to koinu no monogatari (2007) on IMDb

  • Tween: From age between 7 to 12
  • Teen: From age between 13 to 19
  • Adult: From age above 20
  • Ignore: Not worth watching
  • Bad: Not good but watchable
  • Average: 50-50, choice is always yours
  • Good: great certainly not masterpiece
  • Excellent: A must see, Masterpiece

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