WriterHideya Hamada, Kito Tawara Release date14 August 2010 (2010-08-14) ScreenplayHideya Hamada, Kito Tawara CastKaho (Kyoko Mochizuki), Yasufumi Terawaki (Seijiro Bamba), Yusuke Yamamoto (Wataru Tashiro), Ken'ichi Endô (Ryoichi Mochizuki) Similar moviesInside Out, John Wick, Inception, Independence Day, Rise of the Guardians, Back to the Future
Kinako - The Story of an Apprentice Police Dog(きな子〜見習い警察犬の物語〜,Kinako: Minarai Keisatsuken no Monogatari) is a 2010 Japanese film based on a true story of a dog trainer. It was released in Japanese cinemas throughout Japan on 14 August 2010.
This movie is based on the true story of a female dog trainer, Kyoko Mochizuki, nicknamed "Anko", and a Labrador retriever which repeatedly fails the police dog trials despite numerous tries. Kyoko Mochizuki is an 18-year-old girl who dreams of becoming a police dog trainer. She is admitted to a police dog training school and meets a young Kinako, a Labrador retriever puppy. An instructor there informs Kyoko that Kinako is too weak to become a police dog, but Kyoko is determined that she will make Kinako into one.
Kaho as Kyoko Mochizuki
Yasufumi Terawaki as Seijiro Banba
Naho Toda as Utako Banba
Yusuke Yamamoto as Wataru Tashiro
Kenichi Endo as Ryoichi Mochizuki
Miyoko Asada as Sonoko Mochizuki
Mitsuru Hirata as Takashi Sakuraba
Ryohei Hirota as Keita Banba
Momoka Ono as Niina Banba
The film's theme song was provided by the singer Metis. The theme song is a newly written piece of music, and is entitled Only One: Aitakute(Only One～逢いたくて～).
The DVD version was released on 14 January 2011.
A photobook by Kaho, entitled “Breeze with Kinako”, was on 4 August 2010. The photos were taken at the filming location this movie.
Mark Schilling from The Japan Times, criticized the film for using "cliche after cornball cliche from local "guts-to-glory" films, while inflicting shot after shamelessly adorable shot of its title pooch and teen trainer" and gave the film a rating of 1.5 out of 5. He also derided the film's actress Kaho whom he described as "a bit old to pull it (her role) off". The reviewer also added that "the best actor in the film is the dog" and advised viewers who are looking for "stress relief with funny animal tricks" to "save time and try YouTube".