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Hachi: A Dog's Tale

Richard Gere , Joan Allen , Lasse Hallstr÷m    Unrated   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 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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Genre: Family
Rating: G
Release Date: 0000-00-00
Media Type: DVD


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice family movie! March 7 2010
By D. Landry TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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5 of 5 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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3 of 3 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 500 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
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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 Very Touching Story
A very touching story about a dog's loss of his master and best friend...from the dog's point of view. Highly recommended for anyone who has ever loved a dog.
Published 7 days ago by Karen Riess
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
such a touching, real story, have already shared it with 3 friends. They enjoyed it too, of course, loving Richard Gere may have something to do with it.
Published 12 days ago by Mona Albers
5.0 out of 5 stars a movie that makes you cry
I never heard of this movie until someone told me about it. I had to have it because my daughter bought an akeda dog last year.When we watched we all had tears. Read more
Published 1 month ago by doris walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Movie
This will bring a tear to your eye. And will put a song in your heart
It is sad and wonderful at the same time. I think all the actors and actress.
Did a wonderful job.
Published 3 months ago by David Glidden
5.0 out of 5 stars HACHI: A DOG'S TALE ( BLU-RAY )
Published 3 months ago by Linda L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Get out the Kleenex!
This must have been one of those "sleepers". I never heard anything about it. I watched it on Netflicks, and decided I would share it by giving it to a friend for... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jane McLean
5.0 out of 5 stars True love of loyalty and tear jerker! Grab tissues!
Such a powerful movie about devotion between man and dog! It was a great movie but be prepared to have a Kleenex box ready! I had to leave the room. Read more
Published 4 months ago by K Lucarelli-Pellerito
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what we expected
-ordered it after seeing a trailer on another film we owned
-thought it would be a good family movie for dog owners
-was quite slow moving and didn't hold our childrens'... Read more
Published 8 months ago by wterrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story of love that never dies
This is such a beautiful story based on the true story of Dr Ueno and Hachiko. Wonderfully done, very emotional and inspiring. Read more
Published 10 months ago by finetune
4.0 out of 5 stars a must for dog lovers
Be prepared to cry, I sure did. I didn't mind the westernization/hollywoodized adaption too much I guess, though like any movie adaptation of a book or true story, my brain would... Read more
Published 11 months ago by movielover
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