Koinu Dan no Monogatari
Theatrical Release Poster
Morning Musume, Hello! Project Kids, Goto Maki Film
Native title 仔犬ダンの物語
Released December 14, 2002 (Theatrical)
January 21, 2003 (Making of DVD & VHS)
June 21, 2003 (DVD)
September 21, 2003 (VHS)
Length 70 Minutes (Film)
42 Minutes (Making of)
Production Toei
Director Sawai Shinichiro
Producer Higashi Taeko
Writer Yamazaki Naoki
Editor Tadano Shinya
Cinematography Kita Nobuyasu
Music by Kawamura Eiji
Other Covers

DVD cover

Making of DVD

Making of VHS


Magazine Promo (with Minimoni ja Movie)


Manga by Shirasawa Marimo



Koinu Dan no Monogatari (仔犬ダンの物語; Little Dog Dan's Story) is a Hello! Project movie starring Morning Musume, Hello! Project Kids, Goto Maki, and others.

The movie was released on December 14, 2002 and won a popularity award from the Awards of the Japanese Academy.

The movie inspired a manga by Shirasawa Marimo, which was released on January 6, 2003. The manga characters are based on the characters from the movie.

The movie was released on June 21, 2003 on DVD and September 21, 2003 on VHS. Months prior to the DVD and VHS release of the movie a making of was released on January 21, 2003 in both DVD and VHS format.


Morishita Mao (Tsugunaga Momoko) is a bright young girl living in today's Tokyo and is fed up with how her parents don't seem to care for her. Her father has to work in Toyama and needs to move. Since Mao's mother is a working florist it's impossible for her to move as well and Mao's parents announce that they're getting a divorce. Mao has to choose her father or her mother. She rejects this and chooses to live with her grandparents in Gunma.

When Mao is in the local grocery store she sees Nomura Chika (Shimizu Saki) stealing milk from a store. Chika reveals that she is stealing the milk for a dog, Dan, she found in the river. Mao meets the dog and becomes friends with Chika. While there, though, they realise Dan is blind.

Meanwhile, Mao is struggling with unwelcoming classmates at her new school and her parents' divorce. Chika is unable to provide adequately for Dan, who she hides in the back of her apartment block where she lives. The apartment council leader finds out about Dan and threatens to forcibly remove him from Chika and Mao unless they can find a new owner. The local football club's leader, Okubo Saki says she has an uncle in Ayamebashi, Tochigi who loves dogs, who will be happy to take him. Mao and Chika reluctantly give him to them, safe in the knowledge that Dan will have a loving home.

After Chika does not come home for a few days, Mao thinks she has gone to Ayamebashi to see Dan. Chika is not there, but Mao finds her on the way back. China takes Dan back from the uncle in Tochigi and brings him back home with her.

Mao and Chika go to the apartment council leader to plead with him to keep Dan on the premises. After some persuasion, he agrees, and starts building a doghouse and pen on the green at the apartments.

The neighbourhood leader confronts them with other residents of the apartment blocks, saying dogs are not allowed and that Dan must be killed. Chika tells the residents that if seeing-eye dogs can help blind people, then surely humans can help a blind dog. The neighbourhood leader is convinced and apologises. They start building the doghouse again.

Earlier in the movie, Mao gets a letter from her father in Toyama, apologising for the stress he and her mother have caused. He says that Mao's mother is a hardworking woman for keeping her florist business going singlehandedly, and that Mao should be proud of her. Her mother also visits her later, where Mao says she wants to live with her father.

Mao's father comes to pick her up to take her to Toyama. As the bus is leaving, Mao sees her friends from school on the riverbank, calling her name. She waves to them as the bus passes over the bridge and out of sight.


Hello! Project KidsEdit

Morning MusumeEdit

Other Cast MembersEdit

  • Goto Maki as Natsume Honami (夏目保奈美)
  • Harada Mieko as Morishita Wakako (森下和歌子)
  • Enoki Takaaki as Morishita Yoshitaka (森下祥隆)
  • Okumura Kouen as Morishita Mitsuzo (森下光造)
  • Oshima Satoko as Morishita Yumiko (森下弓子)
  • Ohbayashi Takashi as Muranaka Toyoki (村中豊輝)
  • Tomura Michiko as Muranaka Hatsue (村中初枝)


Koinu Dan no Monogatari Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack Album by Morning Musume + Hello! Project Kids + Goto Maki + Dan
Native title 仔犬ダンの物語 オリジナルサウンドトラック
Released February 14, 2003
Format CD
Label zetima zetima

A soundtrack for the film, Koinu Dan no Monogatari Original Soundtrack, was released on February 14, 2003. The soundtrack reached #56 on the weekly Oricon charts and charted for three weeks.


  1. Ganbacchae! (がんばっちゃえ!)
  2. HEY! Mirai (HEY!未来)
  3. Sen Kaori no Moto he (千香の元へ; To the Origin of the Thousand Frangrances)
  4. Akiramenaizo (あきらめないぞ; Don't Give Up)
  5. Inukoya wo Tsukurou! (犬小屋をつくろう!; Let's Build a Doghouse!)
  6. Danketsu (団結; Unity)
  7. Honto no Tomodachi (本当の友達; True Friend)
  8. Waurenai yo (忘れないよ; Don't Forget)
  9. Kazabana (風花; Flurry of Snow in a Clear Sky)
  10. Ganbacchae! (Symphonic Version)
  11. HEY! Mirai (Symphonic Version)



  • Murakami, Umeda, Natsuyaki
  • Ishimura Maiha, Kumai Yurina
  • Natsuyaki Miyabi
  • Tsugunaga Momoko
  • Tsugunaga Momoko
  • Tsugunaga Momoko
  • Natsuyaki Miyabi (Making of)
  • Tsugunaga Momoko
  • Okai Chisato
  • Abe, Tsugunaga, Shimizu
  • Tsugunaga Momoko
  • Shimizu, Tsugunaga
  • Tsugunaga Momoko
  • Shimizu Saki
  • Tsugunaga Momoko
  • Abe, Ishikawa, Goto, Yasuda
  • Konno Asami
  • Yajima, Tokunaga, Umeda, Murakami, Natsuyaki
  • Tsugunaga Momoko
  • Nakajima, Okai, extra
  • Shimizu Saki
  • Dan
  • Tsugunaga, Shimizu
  • Tsugunaga, Yajima
  • Umeda Erika (making of)
  • Okai, Kumai, Sugaya
  • Shimizu, Tsugunaga
  • Okai Chisato
  • Shimizu Saki
  • Yajima Maimi (profile)
  • Natsuyaki Miyabi (profile)
  • Nakajima Saki (profile)
  • Okai Chisato (profile)
  • Ogawa Makoto
  • Iida Kaori
  • Yoshizawa Hitomi
  • Ishikawa Rika
  • Yasuda Kei
  • Abe Natsumi
  • Niigaki Risa
  • Kumai Yurina
  • Tokunaga Chinami
  • Ishimura Maiha
  • Murakami Megumi
  • Umeda Erika
  • Yajima Maimi
  • Nakajima Saki
  • Hello! Project Kids
  • Goto Maki

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