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Hachi: A Dog's Tale

Richard Gere , Joan Allen , Lasse Hallstr÷m    DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hachi Jan. 1 2011
By stacy
great movie, not only for kids. Based on a true story about a dogs devotion to its owner. A tear jerker.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely The Best Dec 29 2010
By caseygirl TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is a fabulous movie and actually based on a true story. Only requirement for watching it is "must love dogs". It is an incredible story of loyalty and the unbelievable love a dog has for his master. It is a tear jerker but a very very heartwarming story and such a lovely movie to find in all the violent types of movies out there. I loved it and would recommend it highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hachi July 22 2012
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A great heart felt love and devotion story.
Based on a true event, if your looking for a movie that'll touch your heart this is it.
Myself, the wife, and kids all loved it. Give it a try you won't be sorry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loyalty . May 11 2012
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This story is about a loyal dog that believes in love by his master and gave love even when his master died.
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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 6 days 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
Published 22 days ago by Deborah Palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 23 days 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 27 days 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 months ago by K. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars T___T T___T Q____Q Q____Q
you know what I cried, my friend cried, my mom cried, my dad cried, and I look at dog with a long sighhhh.
Love the movie
Published 3 months ago by Operation
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