Have you ever imagined a proper funeral for a dog? It might sound ridiculous but not for a high school in Nagano prefecture of Japan where the world’s happiest dog named Kuro had lived for a decade and passed away. Kuro is beloved by classes after classes of students and school staff members. Day after day, everyone came and went away but Kuro was still doing its duty by sitting at the front gate of the school in the morning greeting everyone and patrolling the school at night. Thus, it is reasonable for students, staff members and alumni of the school to attend a funeral for Kuro.
The movie is based on true story of Kuro and is set in 1960’s Japan. Even though the title suggests that it is a story of a dog, the story line is mixed with bits and pieces of different sub-plots, including teenager’s love triangle, mother & son family affair and, of course, high school life in Japan. With reference of old movies and music featured in the movie, it brings back memory and nostalgia feeling of Japan in the sixties. However, with the ending be known and too many sub-stories, the pace of the movie is too slow and you might be bored because there seems to be no critical climax in the movie. It’s like a straight line from the beginning to the end with small bumping here and there. Eventually, you will know when the movie is going to end and it will be just that. Anyway, the last scene is touching and depicted well in the movie, you’ll have to watch it for yourself to understand the feeling.
If you are dog-lovers, I am sure you will love this movie regardless of its sloppy story-line. The dog(s) playing as Kuro at different ages are so cute and clever, you will just fall in love with them at the first sight.
3 and a half Stars out of 5 – recommend for all dog-lovers.