An orphan boy on his way to live with his uncle picks up a stray dog, and the two become fast friends. However, the uncle doesn't want the dog, and when chickens are found dead, the uncle accuses the dog of killing them. The boy decides that it's time he and the dog hit the road so they run away, and meet up with an elderly man who also ran away from a home where he believed he wasn't wanted either.
IMDB Rating: 6.1
We see a working dog, a beggar's dog, a shepherd's dog, and a milkman's dog. The working dog is locked inside a large wire wheel; the dog runs inside the wheel, turning it to run a machine. The beggar's dog pulls its legless master, who's sitting on a low cart, down the street. The shepherd's dog keeps a flock of at least 20 sheep in a tight circle. The milkman's dog pulls a cart on which is mounted a large cylinder of milk. A lad leads the dog to a house with a Dutch door; the top half of the door opens, and the lady of the house hands out a pitcher that the boy fills as the dog waits.
IMDB Rating: 5.7
Eleven year old Robbie is giving an oral class report on the topic of "My Hero", his chosen subject, Hachi, who on the surface is an unusual choice. Several years earlier, Parker Wilson, who lives in Bedridge in suburban New York City, is a college music/performing arts professor, he who makes the train commute to/from the city every working day. It is on one of those routine days going home that he finds at the Bedridge Station a puppy, who he eventually will learn was being shipped somewhere unknown, with the shipping tag lost. He also learns from Ken, a Japanese professor friend, that the dog is a Japanese breed called an Akita, and that the Japanese character on the dog's collar tag is the number eight - "hachi". Parker does whatever he can to find out who the dog belongs to, and although his many acquaintances around the train station do their small part in helping Parker, no one is willing to take the dog, even temporarily. So Parker takes the dog home, despite he and his wife Cate long having dismissed the idea of having a dog. However Parker is able to convince her to let the dog stay temporarily. Eventually on the high probability that they will never find the dog's owner, Cate, upon seeing the interaction between the two, lets Parker permanently keep the dog, who he has since named Hachi. Although living in the Wilson home with Parker, Cate and their daughter Andy, Hachi becomes not a Wilson family pet, not Cate's, not Andy's, but Parker's alone as a special bond forms between the two. Although not a "typical" dog in that Hachi will do not what most dogs do such as fetch, Hachi demonstrates an unwavering and lifelong loyalty to Parker in an unusual way that all around him can see. Robbie chose Hachi as his hero because of this loyalty, despite he never having met Parker, who in nonetheless an important part of his life.
IMDB Rating: 8.1
Bosko runs a hot dog stand at an amusement park. He sells a hot dog to a bow-wow-type dog; but before the dog can eat it, the hot dog cries out, "Mammy!" in imitation of Al Jolson. The dog happily replies, "Sonny boy!" The dog and hot dog kiss and go off skipping and barking, joyfully reunited. Meanwhile, Bosko sneaks away from his hot dog stand so that he can compete as a jockey at a nearby racetrack. Bosko's horse is only mechanical; but his pluck and quick-thinking will give him an edge over his competition.
IMDB Rating: 5.3
Patrasche, a Dog of Flanders - Made in Japan evokes several different (imaginary) representations of Flanders based on the novel. The story originally reflects the love of Ouida for dogs and art, being the owner of 15 dogs who received lobster for lunch. Yet the story is above all a British critique on Flanders as a barbarian, heartless and utterly unchristian place. By contrast, the Japanese perceive of a heroic and tragic Flanders through the story of Nello: he is the western samurai who dies with nobility and Patrasche is the symbol of friendship and loyalty, values, which are vital to the Japanese. In Flanders, Nello's noble way of dieing is no part of their cultural heritage. The film blends different visual styles. Starting from a small house in Flanders the author-narrator embarks on a virtual trip trough all the images created by the novel. Scenes from unique 35mm and 16mm prints of all USA films based on the book, State of the art anime scenes of the Japanese series, Numerous illustrations found in first print books from the UK, USA and Japan, Laterna magica images,... Through the story of 'A dog of Flanders' and its many images, the film continuously flirts with imaginary, fictionalized and hilarious versions of Flanders. It is therefore clear that this film is not only destined for "Flemish" viewers. Patrasche, a Dog of Flanders - Made in Japan is a laboratory of the image. It is a prism, through which the viewer can experience how flu reality is and how a small book can stigmatize | create an entire culture. STATEMENT DIRECTORS Being born in Flanders, we are interested in stories starting from our own experience and taking us on a journey abroad - hereby creating intercultural links between us and others. The story about a dog of Flanders interests us particularly because its impact worldwide is so unknown in Belgium. What does this say about "us"? Why don't "we" see or understand this impact? And even more interesting: how do others see "us"? How do they imagine "us"? What cultural values are intertwined with their imagination of "us"? Through the story of the dog of Flanders we try to go deeper and evoke these cultural values of the British, the Americans and especially of the Japanese. Japan is a country that has been a source of inspiration for both of us for many years. Didier is an 'otaku', growing up in the seventies with Japanese manga. Through this film, he intertwines his personal fascination for one of the first large scale animated series, his desire to collect and analyse films and his own country. An is a visual anthropologist and weaves her interests in cultural differences, with the questioning of the documentary genre itself. We think of the audiovisual as a playful toolbox. Each specific story creates a specific use of camera, sound, editing. With Patrasche, a Dog of Flanders - Made in Japan we appreciate the challenge of combining different types of images - archival footage, animation and live interviews - in elaborating a personalized point of view. We treat these different images as a caleidoscope, a laboratory of images of the author-narrator who explores, analyses, compares and recreate. Contrasts between imaginary communities and what people experience are fascinating to us. In Patrasche, a Dog of Flanders - Made in Japan this contrast is the result of the imagination by the Japanese and the Americans based on the novel of "Dog of Flanders" versus the ignorance of the Flemish of (the popularity of) this book. We think these stories are crucial in our contemporary society in which previously obvious borders are fading. Influenced by globalization, the network society, and new technologies, people and their communities undergo drastic transformations in a relatively short period of time, and representations are always part of this process.
IMDB Rating: 7.5