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From Academy Award®-nominated director Lasse Hallström (2000, The Cider House Rules) comes HACHI: A DOG’S TALE, a film based on one of the most treasured and heartwarming true stories ever told. Golden Globe winner Richard Gere (2002, Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, Chicago) stars as Professor Parker Wilson, a distinguished scholar who discovers a lost Akita puppy on his way home from work. Despite initial objections from Wilson’s wife, Cate (Academy Award® nominee Joan Allen – 2000, Best Actress, The Contender), Hachi endears himself into the Wilson family and grows to be Parker's loyal companion. As their bond grows deeper, a beautiful relationship unfolds embodying the true spirit of family and loyalty, while inspiring the hearts of an entire town.
Based on a true story from Japan, Hachi: A Dog's Tale is a moving film about loyalty and the rare, invincible bonds that occasionally form almost instantaneously in the most unlikely places. College professor Parker Wilson (Richard Gere) finds a young Akita puppy that's been abandoned at the local train station, and he's instantly captivated by the dog. Assuming the dog's owner will return to the train station to claim him in the morning, Parker takes the puppy home overnight. But when no one comes to get the dog, Parker convinces his wife, Cate (Joan Allen), to welcome him as part of the family. He dubs the puppy Hachiko--Hachi, for short--because of the Japanese symbol for good luck that's hanging from his collar. 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. An unforeseen event will continually test Hachi's devotion. This film is neither overwrought nor sappy; it is heartfelt and immensely powerful despite its tendency to drag in a few places. 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
I have seen this movie 4 times and everytime I cry. It is such a great family movie!Published 2 days ago by April Yoo
My family and I enjoyed this movie very much. We had never heard much about it but decided to give it a try and were pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Linda Layfield
A sweet, all-around wholesome family movie. We all enjoyed it!Published 3 days ago by Jennifer M. Ojala
Touching; The sorrow of loss is part of life, and this story expresses it well without being maudlin or manipulative.Published 4 days ago by happy yogi
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The Wilson's previously had a dog named Luke who passed away. It's possible that it was very sad when they lost Luke and Cate did not want to put the family through that again, but Cate did see how much Parker bonded with Hachi and gave in and let the dog stay. She also bonded with... Read More
Aug 6, 2012 by Michael Sultana | See all 4 posts
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The Blu-ray version I own does not have spanish audio or subtitles, only english. I owned the standard definition DVD version briefly before I gave it away and I think it was the same.
This is a movie where most of the story can be enjoyed without understanding the dialog.
Apr 25, 2010 by scoosdad | See all 3 posts
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I have a zoom feature and it looks like either 5:35pm or 6:35pm as the camera pans up to the sky.
It was very clear to see that it was about 5:01pm when Parker comes through the station door and Hachi runs to greet him.
Mar 30, 2014 by Michael Sultana | See all 2 posts
|Why didn't they show Hachiko: A Dog's Tale in the Movie Theatre , I...||
The idiot's at Sony who made a wrong decision to send Hachi straight to DVD with very little publicity should be fired. There are so many dog lovers in the United States that would have gone to see this movie had it had a theatrical release.
Jul 15, 2011 by Michael Sultana | See all 21 posts
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