the film was based on a true story of an abandoned dog, its breed Akita. one of the rare color, a big-sized white furry Akita arrived in a small town of Ajigasawa (鰺ヶ沢町), Aomori (青森市). it was previously abandoned by its owner, a young boy named Akira. his father brought the Akita to Tokyo. since its escape, the Akita traveled all the way from Tokyo in search of its owner. it met Setsuko, the owner of a squid restaurant. although the Akita doesn't follow anyone, it accepted the food Setsuko prepared for it.
according to the facts, the abandoned Akita was found and named Leo in 2007. it was introduced as Wasao and gained instant popularity through the Internet in 2008. it often appeared on television and magazines during that period of time. due to its popularity, Wasao was named a travel ambassador of the town Ajigasawa in 2010. like most true stories, there weren't much going on in the film. the film was there just to provide a huge dose of fluffy cuteness to its viewers.
some background on the drama:
- episodes: 1
- director: Yoshinari Nishikori (錦織良成)
- released: 2011
- cast: Hiroko Yakushimaru (薬師丸ひろ子), Masahiro Komoto (甲本雅裕), Sawa Suzuki (鈴木砂羽), Jun Yoshinaga (吉永淳), Daisuke Shima (嶋大輔), Toshinori Omi (尾美としのり), Mansaku Fuwa (不破万作), Koichi Ueda (上田耕一), Shiro Sano (佐野史郎), Takashi Sasano (笹野高史), Mitsuru Hirata (平田満)
- language: Japanese
- genre: Drama