“Please enjoy your life with me.”
“Take care of me when I get old.”
“When I’m passing away, please be with me. And, remember that I love you.”
Are these the promises between a couple? Or the promises between a just-married husband and wife?
Yes, it seems, but….
“Talk to me a lot. Even if I don’t understand your words, I understand you.”
“Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones of you but that I choose not to bite you.”
Should you get confused now? It couldn’t be promises between couples, between father and son, or neither between mother and daughter.
Would you be surprised to know that these are the promises between Akira – a 12 years old girl, and her dog – Sock?
They are the few promises I still can remember from the movie “10 promises to my dog” – a movie that all sensitive souls will love, and one that would touch even the hardest person.
The movie was about Akira – a 12 years old girl, who is the owner of a female dog named Sock. At the beginning of the movie, it seemed like the dog come to her accidentally. She found Sock in the backyard, and she was so happy when her mother allowed her to keep Sock – with a list of 10 conditions, which her mother called: 10 promises to my dog.
Shortly after Sock came to her life, her mother got weaker and weaker due to a cancer, and with a father who is a always-busy-doctor, Sock became the only one who was beside her all along. When her mother passed away, Sock even played more and more important part in Akira’s life. She cried, she smiled, all the tough time and happy time, it was always Sock who shared with her. Sock was the one that helped her to overcome the period of darkness in her life.
But when she was growing up, with new school, new friends, and more busy life, she no longer spent much time with her dog. Instead, she let her childhood close-friend take care for Sock. Sadly, her feeling slowly shifted away from Sock. She worked in an animal research center, she took care for animals, but sometimes, she even totally forgot about her dog.
Just until one day, her father called her home, and said that Sock’s health was getting worse. She came home and found out that Sock didn’t come to her accidently. It was her mother, who had tried to hide her sickness that brought Sock to Akira’s life, the one she believed that can comfort Akira to overcome the sadness.
At the last screen of the movie, Akira is reminded about the 10 promises, she read it, and realized: 10 years is a long time, but did she really fulfill the 10 promises she had made 10 years ago?
Obviously that “10 promises to my dog” is a great movie for animal lovers. But whoever you are, whether you are animal lovers, you will still laugh and cry till the end of the movie, because the movie does not only aim to display the love for pets, but also more on social responsibility. It brings out a good lesson of love and responsibility, not as a MUST, NEED or HAVE TO, but something that comes very naturally. It is a nice movie to refresh, and really a good choice as a family-movie.
One warning for the sensitive soul, you should prepare a chunk of tissue before you watch this movie :).
The 10 promises: (from http://mediacorptv.sg/English/forums/thread/72720.aspx)
1. Please enjoy your life with me.
2. Place your trust in me. It’s crucial to my well-being.
3. Please never forget I have my own feelings.
4. When I don’t want to do what you want, I have a reason.
5. Talk to me a lot. Even if I don’t understand your words, I understand you.
6. Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones of you but that I choose not to bite you.
7. Take care of me when I get old.
8. You have your school and your friends. I have only you.
9. My life is likely to last about ten years.
Please try to find time staying with me as much as you can.
10. When I’m passing away, please be with me. And, remember that I love you.
Where to find the item?
Call Number: DVD PN1997 TEN 2008
Written by Le Ha Phuong