Dog Star (2002)

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Famed pink eiga turned indie impresario Zeze Takehisa directs this very odd romance yarn between a young lass with a heart of gold and a seeing-eye dog. Shiro is a white dog raised by a kind-hearted family and who is particularly close to their daughter, Haruka. After a few years, Shiro's training begins and he is matched with Gong (Ryo Ishibashi), a blind boxing trainer. One night after knocking back one too many beers, Gong gets hit and killed by a truck. Shiro survives but is so racked by guilt that the dog's health begins to decline. Gong's spirit appears and grants him one wish -- to be human and find the family that loved him as a pup. Suddenly, Shiro is transformed into a hunk cad in white (Etsushi Toyokawa). He learns that the family was killed in a plane crash with the exception of Haruka (Haruka Igawa), who now teaches kindergarten in a remote corner of Japan. Shiro's transition into being a human proves to be awkward: When he tracks down a very suspicious Haruka, she brands him a pervert for sniffing her bicycle seat. Soon however, Shiro manages to win Haruka's heart.