The film premiere took place a few days earlier in the Hokushika Kanaru Hall in Odate City, Akita Prefecture. It was hosted by the Mayor of Junji Fukuhara, actress Anastasia Shiga and Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova.
The athlete is extremely popular in Japan, and in 2018 she received an Akita-inu puppy named Masaru as a gift from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. In "The Story of Akita and Palma," Alina played a small role of herself. "It's a very touching film, it addresses a lot of social themes," Zagitova said from the stage. - And everyone can find themselves in it, reflect on important things. The story of love and friendship between a man and a dog, all the difficulties and trials are reflected in it."