Hachiko : A dog's story

This movie is based on a true story!

Genre: Drama, Family

Director: Lasse Hallström

Writers: Stephen P. Lindsey (screenplay), Kaneto Shindô (motion picture "Hachiko monogatari")

Stars: Richard Gere, Joan Allen and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Length: 93 min

A doglover as I am I have to see most movies about dogs, and Hachiko was of corse a must. I love Akita-dogs and I think that Richard Gere is a really good actor so it couldnt be anything but a wonderful movie.

Based on a true story from Japan, Hachiko Monogatari (literally “The Tale of Hachiko”), is a moving film about loyalty and the rare, invincible bonds that occasionally form almost instantaneously in the most unlikely places.

One day when college professor Parker Wilson (Richard Gere) gets of the train from his work, he finds a little puppy all alone on the trainstation.
Parker is instantly captivated by the dog. When Carl, the station controller, refuses to take care of the puppy til an owner shows up to claim him, Parker takes the puppy home overnight.
The next day Parker expects that someone will have contacted the train station, but no one has. He sneaks the pup onto the train and takes him to work, where a Japanese college professor, Ken tell Parker that it is an Akita dog, and translates the symbol on the pup's collar as 'Hachi'. (Japanese for 'good fortune', and the number 8.) Parker decides to call the dog 'Hachi'.
The same evening Parkers wife Cate receives a call about someone wanting to adopt Hachi, but after seeing how close her husband has come to Hachi, however, Cate agrees that they can keep him.

A few years later, Hachi and Parker are as close as ever. Parker, however, is still mystified by Hachi's refusal to do 'normal', dog-like things like fetch a ball.
Professor Ken advises him that Hachi will only bring him the ball for a special reason.
One morning, Parker leaves for work and Hachi sneaks out and follows him to the train station, where he refuses to leave until Parker walks him home. That afternoon, Hachi sneaks out again and walks to the train station, waiting patiently for Parker's train to come in.
Eventually Parker relents and walks Hachi to the station every morning, where he leaves on the train. Hachi leaves after Parker's departure, but comes back in the afternoon to see his master's train arrive and walk with him home again.
This continues for some time, until one afternoon when Parker attempts to leave, but Hachi refuses to go with him. Parker eventually leaves without him, but Hachi chases after him, holding his ball. Parker is surprised but pleased that Hachi is finally willing to play fetch with him b ut, worried he will be late, leaves on the train despite Hachi barking at him.
Why is Hachi acting so weird all of a sudden?

What did I think of the movie:
Well I can't say less then this: I totally LOVED this movie!
It is a really beautiful movie about a man and his dog and a bond amazingly strong.
This movie is a must for all dog-lovers out there.
Richard Gere was fantastic in this movie, he bonded really well with the dog and it never felt like watching an actor at all - it really seemed to be a movie with his own dog!
I highly recommend this to people of all ages. There are enough bits to laugh at (seeing Richard Gere teaching his dog to play 'fetch' was brilliant!) but also several sad parts, so make sure to bring tissues if you're gonna watch it.

Peace out!


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