A Tale Of Mari And Three Puppies 2007 Japanese movie is based on the story of a real family that was caught in the 2004 Niigata earthquake. It involves a family consisting of a father, grandfather, and a son and daughter; the mother died some years before. They live a simple life in a rural town. On their way home one day, the kids stumble upon and found an abandoned shiba inu puppy, and the little girl falls in love with her. At first, they avoid taking care of her and keep her far from home because their father is afraid of dogs.
Suddenly, things work out and the dog is accepted into their home. Days have passed, the pup, Mari, has grown into an adult and has three puppies of her own.
Then the earthquake hits Japan, the son is safe at school, the father survives the quake in town, but the daughter and grandfather are trapped under their collapsed home. Mari eventually runs off and finds some Jietai (Self-Defense Force, or Japanese military) rescue workers, who rescue the girl and her grandfather, but the dogs have to stay behind in the abandoned village.
Sometimes we can find heroes in animals. Try to watch this movie...