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Wasao (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 1

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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).

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Product Title: Wasao (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 鬆毛犬小威 (2011) (DVD) (香港版) 松毛犬小威 (2011) (DVD) (香港版) わさお Wasao (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Vivian Chow | Yakushimaru Hiroko (Actor) 周慧敏 | 藥師丸博子 (Actor) 周慧敏 | 药师丸博子 (Actor) 周慧敏 (ビビアン・チョウ) | 薬師丸ひろ子 (Actor) Vivian Chow | Yakushimaru Hiroko (Actor)
Director: Nishikiori Yoshinari 錦織良成 锦织良成 錦織良成 Nishikiori Yoshinari
Release Date: 2012-01-20
Language: Cantonese, Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 1 - USA, Canada, U.S. Territories What is it?
Duration: 116 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030283292

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Director: Nishikiori Yoshinari

Wasao. A big Akita Inu dog, covered in long white fur like his ancestors, is looking out from inside a freight train which left from Tokyo. Although exhausted and his legs feeling as heavy as lead, the dog continues on his journey. Ajigasawa in Aomori Prefecture with the Shirakami Mountain Range in its background. The Akita Inu dog appears before Setsuko, a big-time animal lover, who is feeding six other dogs. The dog does not touch the food offered to him, but instead fixes his gaze on a boy.

The boy, Akira, who also loves animals, is always helping Setsuko take care of the animals. He and his older sister are also taking care of their mother who was in an accident and is now staying at a hospital. The town where sumo wresting and triathlon has been popular is loaded with interesting characters - the three elderly customers of Setsuko's store, three junior high school students, her husband and his buddies, as well as other locals.
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