If this movie doesn't affect you, you are THE DEVIL!
"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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