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Hachi: A Dog's Tale [Import]

Richard Gere , Joan Allen , Lasse Hallstr÷m    DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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When a college professor develops an unbreakable bond with an abandoned dog, they set off on an unforgettable journey that inspires the hearts of an entire town! Starring Richard Gere, Joan Allen, and Jason Alexander, this film???based on a true story???embodies the spirit of family loyalty. Bonus features includes "A Bond of Loyalty" - The Making of Hachi: A Dog's Tale. Dove approved.

Widescreen. Rated G. Approx. 93 minutes.


True loyalty is a rarity, but occasionally, invincible bonds form almost instantaneously--often in the most unlikely places. So it is with college professor Parker Wilson (Richard Gere) and a young puppy that's been abandoned at the local train station. Dubbed Hachiko because of the Japanese symbol for good luck that's hanging from his collar, the young Akita puppy instantly captivates Parker's heart. Parker's wife, Cate (Joan Allen), is less than enthusiastic about welcoming the puppy into their home. But when he's not claimed after a few days and Cate begins to realize how strongly Hachi and her husband have bonded, she relents and Hachi becomes a part of the family. Hachi is a somewhat peculiar dog that refuses to learn to fetch or master other people-pleasing tricks. But he is a faithful companion and friend to Parker, alerting him of potential dangers and accompanying him to the train station each morning and meeting him there after his return trip each evening. One morning, Hachi initiates a game of fetch with Parker, who is both pleased and a bit confused at the dog's sudden interest in the game. In spite of Hachi's efforts to get Parker to continue playing with him, Parker's sense of duty compels him to board the train and head for work. Parker does not return on his scheduled train, or any train that evening, and the devoted Hachi waits late into the night until a family member comes to take him home. Hachi returns to the train station day after day, year after year, ever faithful in his hope that Parker will once again step off the train to meet him. Prepare to be moved to tears by this beautiful, seemingly simple film--it's about so much more than just the relationship between a man and his dog. --Tami Horiuchi

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice family movie! March 7 2010
A great touching movie based on a true story worth viewing for the whole family! Being a fan of Richard Gere, I thought I would give it a try and I'm certainly glad I did. This is most definitely a movie worth purchasing. Talented cast with an impressive storyline that can't leave you indifferent. A must see!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Video: Sony's treatment on this blu ray disc is excellent, with 1.85:1 widescreen. The picture was clean, free of debris, and boasts excellent flesh tones. The details are there with the every different colour of fur on Hachi. (4/5)

Audio: Jan A.P. Kaczmarek's music, especially the piano solo, is simply beautiful, and blends in with the movie. It never intrudes into the picture. Dialogue was clear. (4.5/5)

But the real stars of this movie are firstly, the story itself, and how well director Lasse Hallstrom's tender touch brought it to the screen, and also the Akita dog Hachi, played by three different animals, named Chico, Layla and Forrest. 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 genuinely seemed to be a movie with his own dog.

This is a remake of an old 1987 Japanese film "Hachiko Monogatari", based on a true story. In 1932, a dog won the hearts of the people of Japan after a newspaper article described his loyalty to his owner. Every afternoon, Hachiko would wait at the train station for Dr. Ueno. After the man died suddenly in 1925, the animal returned to the station every day to wait for him, until his own death in 1935. A bronze statue was placed at Shibuya Station to honor this extraordinary canine, and a festival is held there every April.

During the movie, it was made very clear that Hachi did not play "fetch". But one morning when Gere wanted to walk to the train station to go to work, Hachi somehow felt something omnimous that was going to happen to his master, and did not want Gere to go. Then, Hachi would bring the ball to the train station and caught Gere before he boarded the train.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dog Lover March 17 2010
By John F.
This movie will bring tears to your eyes as well as a sense of the beauty of the human-dog relationship. It is a must see that will leave a lasting positive impression.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond a tearjerker! Dec 24 2010
By Kay
This endearing movie is beyond a tearjerker!!! I cried and cried during this movie. Never have I been so moved by this true story of this beautiful loyal dog.
If you love movies about dogs, buy this movie!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bonds of Memory July 10 2010
By Edmonson TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"Hachiko: A Dog's Tale" is directed by Lasse Hallstrom (The Cider House Rules), and is based loosely on the real life story of a dog, named Hachiko, who was born in Odate, Japan in 1923. His master, Dr. Eisaburg Ueno, was a professor at the University of Tokyo who died in 1925. Hachiko returned to the Shibuya train station the next day, and every day for the next nine years until he died in 1934. Today, outside the Shibuya train station, where Hachiko waited, is a bronze statue of Hachiko.

In this particular movie we have a similar story, only the dog is in transport to the United States, where he escapes, and ends up in Parker Wilson's (Richard Gere) possession. Parker eventually decides to keep the dog since the owner cannot be found. Hachiko, or Hachi, as he is usually called here, at one point breaks free of his yard, and follows Parker to the train station. Eventually Hachi is allowed to accompany Paker to the train station everyday. But at one point Parker never returns to the train station, since he has died at the university.

The movie then becomes a tale of a loyalty that reaches far into the bonds of memory. Hachiko never realizes that his master has died, and even though he never sees his master again, he never forgets him. What is Hachi's purpose now that his master has died? His purpose seems to be to wait for his master who will never return. It is at once moving and heartrending, as it is a tragedy of sorts, and one that is only resolved once Hachiko also dies. This is a beautifully told tale that makes one think about the things that are important for us to go on living, even after those that we have loved have died.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
We currently have two magnificent Akitas and before them we had a dear Akita for 13 years. Akitas are abosolutely stunning animals and companions. Once you have one - you find you can't have anything else. They become a part of you and you them. It is magical. It is a bond hard to explain. They are almost human.

This movie is a tear jerker, but very worth watching. Excellent movie and a wonderful modern rendition of the old, but true story of Hachiko. Richard Gere is as good as he always is. Perfect for the part. It is extremely moving and the story of this particular breed's loyalty is something to experience.

It is a very heartwarming and moving movie. We loved it, although we cried like babies. We bought it.

Hachi was one amazing Akita. One amazing friend. One amazing example of love and devotion - just as all Akitas are. Great for adults and kids of all ages.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Cute! May 5 2010
By Scott
This movie is great. It's also going to bring tears to your eyes. It's not filled with action or sex or anything. This is a wholesome sweet story that every person of any age can enjoy. You will only find this movie boring if you are brainwashed into only watching the usual smut that comes out of Hollywood. This is based on a true story and is quite amazing. Kids should find the Dog adorable. It's a shame this movie went straight to DVD after it did so well in Japanese theaters. Hollywood refused to give it a chance here. Rather pathetic on their part. This movie is also hard to find to purchase so grab yours from Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Based on a true story!
One of the best movies of all time, for all ages! Bring some tissues.
Published 18 days ago by Maria Elisabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Man's best friend!
The heart warming true story of a faithful dog and it's master (played by Richard Gere) who befriended him.

Loved it - gave five stars.
Published 2 months ago by Sharmini George
5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone who has ever loved a dog
Anyone who has ever loved a dog, will need a box of tissues for this wonderful story. Heart wrenching, funny, so true to life. Read more
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Published 2 months ago by Gregory Ciortan
5.0 out of 5 stars i love dogs, so to me is beautiful very touching ...
i love dogs , so to me is beautiful very touching movie
Published 2 months ago by anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Most amazing and touching movie I've ever seen
Even if you're not an animal lover, this movie will touch your heart.
Published 3 months ago by J in Toronto
5.0 out of 5 stars I cried like a
Probably the most touching movie I have ever seen.. I cried like a baby
Published 3 months ago by Erika
4.0 out of 5 stars a sad tale of loyalty and dedication
Dog lovers will appreciate this story. it was very sad and only if people could learn from dogs we would be in a better place. nothing wrong with the story
Published 3 months ago by john a denton
5.0 out of 5 stars hachi
Love the film although sad at the end I would definitely watch it again ,great story of the love of a dog for his Master
Published 4 months ago by kate.knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Hachi
A really sweet story of a dogs love for his master. Such a sad ending however. A movie for dog lovers everywhere.
Published 4 months ago by K. Clark
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