Doggy story sends message to pet owners

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 August, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 August, 2008, 12:00am

The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Hong Kong (SPCAHK) has linked up with Golden Scene to bring to Hong Kong the movie premiere of Japanese-produced 10 Promises to My Dog.

The film is a touching story set in modern Japan about a 14-year-old schoolgirl who finds a puppy in her garden, and asks her mother that cliched question: 'Can I keep it?'

The mother's reply is less of a cliche. She says her daughter can keep it, if she makes 10 promises to the puppy, which she names Socks. A 10-year journey of friendship, love and the occasional setbacks ensues, as Socks sticks at the growing girl's side as she deals with her mother's death and other challengers, while keeping her 10 promises.

Akari is played by popular Japanese actress and TV personality Rena Tanaka. The Cantonese version is voiced by Canto-pop stars Ivana Wong, Chau Pak-ho and Janice Man.

'It's not often there's a story about a dog that adults and children can equally enjoy and whose message so closely resembles our own,' said Sandy Macalister, executive director of the SPCAHK.

The organisation invites the public to see the heart-melting premiere of 10 Promises to My Dog. Proceeds go to charity. Book soon as seats are limited. Call 2232 5540 or go to

Charity movie premiere

Date: Tuesday, September 9

Time: 9.30pm

Venue: UA Times Square

Tickets: HK$400