“Old Dog” Extra Credit

Old Dog

The international film “Old Dog,” started out with a young oriental man driving through a small town with a dog leashed to his motorcycle. He’s driving through town in an attempt to sell this dog to make extra money. The young man felt as if this would be a smart idea since the dog was getting up there in age. However, when the old man who raised the dog since it was a pup finds out that his dog was sold, he goes on a mission to help get it back. The entire story is about getting the dog back, and preventing the dog from being stolen by merchants trying to obtain the dog for profit reasons. This battle goes on throughout the entire movie until the final scene that truly struck me by surprise. The final scene showed the old man, spending quality time with the dog out in the middle of a field on his property. After several minutes of quality time with the dog, the old man takes the dog to the fence and hangs it by its leash, killing the dog. The old man then walks back through the field as the movie ends.

When looking at the culture aspect of this film, it was very interesting. The entire movie seemed to have a poor/rural style too it. I believe this based on the clothing all the characters were wearing, that seemed to be a little on the rag side of clothing. They also used small motor cycles, bikes, and walking as their main sources of transportation. It was a big indicator of the type of area in which they lived. The town also seemed very basic in nature; there were no big shops or stores. However, even though their culture seemed to be secluded, the scenes outside the town were very pretty. The farm style settings with rolling hills and dirt roads were very peaceful.

When looking at the flow of the movie, I was rather disappointed. As a member of our American society, I am used to movies of all genres that are fast paced. In this case the movie was very slow and hard to stay concentrated on. Also, in most American films, you see a clear climax to the film followed by falling actions and a conclusion. In “Old Dog,” everything seemed to be on the same level with a couple of minor rises along the way. I felt as if this was the case right up until the very end when the man put the old dog down.

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