Following in the footsteps of Quill and 10 Promises to My Dog, Wasao arrived in Hong Kong cinemas with high expectations. The fact that the new Japanese movie featuring a dog was based on a true story only added to its appeal. But it turned out to be a disappointment. Wasao is a cute Akita Inu dog, who is found in Ajigasawa, a fishing town near Mount Iwaki. The furry white dog becomes an instant celebrity, and dog-lover Setsuko (Hiroko Yakushimaru) adopts the stray animal. Yet soon the peaceful town is left in a mess when an animal resembling Wasao is believed to be wreaking havoc with local farmers' crops and frightening children. The movie deals with such issues as friendship, family, love and death. Yet it does so in a tedious manner. Not even the picturesque scenery of the town and Wasao's undeniable cuteness can relieve the boredom. The simple plot is stretched too thin and the film drags considerably. It lacks depth and its characters are underdeveloped. Yakushimaru's performance is flat and dull. Even Wasao, playing himself, fails to shine as the 'celebrity dog'. People who aren't especially keen on animals will find it hard to stay interested. Even genuine dog-lovers might find Wasao a bit of a bore.