Erika Toda to co-star with Hayato Ichihara in “DOG x POLICE: The K-9 Force”

By kevin on April 12, 2011 at 3:29am EDT

Erika Toda in DOG x POLICE: The K-9 Force

22-year-old actress Erika Toda has been cast as the female lead in Go Shichitaka’s upcoming film DOG x POLICE: The K-9 Force.

The film revolves around a special division of the police force which uses trained dogs in cases of terrorism, violent crime, and rescue missions after large-scale natural disasters. Toda will play a police dog trainer named Natsuki Mizuno. Her character will be partnered with co-star Hayato Ichihara’s character, a fellow trainer named Yusaku Hayakawa.

According to Toda, it’s important to convey the strength and selflessness of these dogs, especially with some of the dogs from their film shoot now out working in disaster-affected areas. “Now that Tohoku earthquake has happened, five dogs have been risking their lives to rescue people,” she said. “I felt a sense of duty that the passion, daily effort, and struggles of handlers be conveyed.”

Ichihara, Saburo Tokito, and a few other cast members were filming in Saitama at the time of the earthquake. No one was hurt, but the crew had to stop filming for almost two weeks.

According to producer Takahiro Sato, the Metropolitan Police Department’s police dog team had been collaborating with the production, but of course had to join rescue efforts immediately following the quake. “Despite of the enormity of the situation they were dealing with, the police dog team had truly big hearts to show concern for our film unit,” he said.

In the film, Ichihara’s character dreams of becoming a detective, but instead gets transferred to the Metropolitan Police Department Security Division. Meanwhile, Toda’s character is fiercely dedicated to her job training dogs. Although the two initially oppose each other, they gradually come to an understanding and become good partners, capable of tracking down even the most violent criminals.

“DOG x POLICE: The K-9 Force” will be released by Toho on October 1, 2011.

Sources: Tokyograph, Cinema Today

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