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Saido kâ ni inu (2007)

In this coming of age story, ten-year-old Kaoru's life undergoes big changes when her mother leaves home. Kaoru forms a surprising bond with her father's lover, Yoko, as she learns a lot about life during one unforgettable summer.

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Yoko
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Makoto Kondo
Kana Matsumoto ...
Kaoru Kondo
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Kaoru's client
Yôsuke Kawamura ...
Toru Kondo - adult
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Granny Tome
Mimura ...
Kaoru Kondo - Adult
Yôichi Nukumizu ...
Ice-cream man
Akane Shiratori ...
Kiosk lady
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Yotchan
Sawa Suzuki ...
Kaoru's mom
Takeru Taniyama ...
Toru Kondo
Minori Terada ...
Owner of Fishing Shed
Masa Tommies ...
Hamaguchi
Hiroshi Yamamoto ...
Nabe
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In this coming of age story, ten-year-old Kaoru's life undergoes big changes when her mother leaves home. Kaoru forms a surprising bond with her father's lover, Yoko, as she learns a lot about life during one unforgettable summer.

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23 June 2007 (Japan)  »

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Dog in a Sidecar  »

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A Wonderful Small Film
14 February 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The dysfunctional family drama is such an easily forgettable sub-genre that it is certainly a joy when a film like DOG IN A SIDECAR comes along, proving that you can make a thoughtful, entertaining film without insulting the audience's intelligence. Providing a strong foundation of strong acting, skilled direction and intelligent writing, this admittedly small but very rewarding film is excellent viewing, showing the ups and downs of a family in a way that never seems forced or contrived. Hana Matsumoto is extraordinary as 10 year old Kaoru, who suddenly has to get used to a new way of life when her mother walks out on her family. Things seem to get stranger when Yoko (Yuko Takeuchi, who is excellent)turns up on her doorstep, who has become her father's new lover. What could have been a typical family comedy/drama turns into something quite different, as director Kichitaro Negishi concentrates on the small details of Kaoru's new situation, making for a fresh, involving film. As we see Yoko and Kaoru's father's relationship develop, we can also see why Kaoru's mother left in the first place. DOG IN A SIDECAR is a subtle, natural film, and a complete charmer, showing you don't have to use hysterics and melodrama to convincingly portray a family who don't exactly fit the norm.


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