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Hachi-ko (1987)

Hachikô monogatari (original title)
The true story about a dog's loyalty to its master, even after his death.

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Shujiro Ueno
Kaoru Yachigusa ...
Hidejiro Ueno
Toshinori Omi ...
Ogata
Toshirô Yanagiba ...
Moriyama
Mako Ishino ...
Chizuko Ueno
Masumi Harukawa ...
Okichi
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Hashimoto
Yoshi Katô ...
Kondo
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Maekawa
Shigeru Izumiya ...
Yasui
Kei Yamamoto ...
Serizawa
Kumeko Urabe ...
Tabacco shop owner
Chôei Takahashi ...
Mase
Saburô Ishikura ...
Machida
Shirô Kishibe ...
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The true story about a dog's loyalty to its master, even after his death.

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1 August 1987 (Japan)  »

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The breed of Hachi the dog is called Akita, and it's a rare breed. At the times of Hachi, there were only 30 living Akita dogs in all of Japan. See more »

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Referenced in Nana: Strawberry Glass and Lotus Flower (2006) See more »

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Garasu no kanransha
Music by Tetsuji Hayashi
Words by Masao Urino
Arranged by Tetsuji Hayashi
Performed by Tetsuji Hayashi
Courtesy of Vap Inc.
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If this movie doesn't affect you, you are THE DEVIL!
28 January 2007 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

"Hachiko monogatari" is an excellent melodrama that tells the true story of Japan's most tenacious dog "Hachi", whose bronze statue, to this day, stands watch over Shibuya Station, Tokyo. The dog who plays Hachi is a first rate actor, and more importantly he's as fuzzy as a pair of bunny slippers. But not only is this a fascinating history lesson and a seriously awwwwwwww!-worthy film, it's a very poignant and profound commentary on the concept of "interspecies altruism", a concept which Darwin himself was unable to explain.

Done in a tastefully subtle way (not over the top like a Disney flick), this film presents to us the inexplicable bond between two souls of different species (human and canine). None of the other characters in the film seem to understand it; the man's own family cannot appreciate it; and I wouldn't be surprised if we, the audience, are not expected to understand it either. This adds even more value to the magical bond which Professor Ueno & Hachi shared.

If you're an animal lover, you'll be hooked from the first minute. If you're not an animal lover, then you'll be one by the time the movie's over. (That is, unless you're the devil. Hiss.)

Go find a copy of this film and watch it with your dog. If you don't have a dog, go down to your local animal shelter and steal one. Seriously, the experience is best with a big fuzzy pooch under your arm.


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