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Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

G  |   |  Drama, Family  |  12 March 2010 (UK)
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A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.



(screenplay), (motion picture "Hachiko monogatari")
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Davenia McFadden ...
Mary Anne
Michael (as Robbie Collier Sublett)
Kevin DeCoste ...
Rob Degnan ...
Teddy Barnes (as Robert Degnan)
Tora Hallstrom ...
Heather (as Tora Hallström)
Donna Sorbello ...
Frank S. Aronson ...
Milton - The Butcher (as Frank Aronson)
Ian Sherman ...
Student Pianist


In Bedridge, Professor Parker Wilson finds an abandoned dog at the train station and takes it home with the intention of returning the animal to its owner. He finds that the dog is an Akita and names it Hachiko. However, nobody claims the dog so his family decides to keep Hachi. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A true story of faith, devotion and undying love.


Drama | Family


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Release Date:

12 March 2010 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Hachi: A Dog's Tale  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£442,753 (UK) (12 March 2010)


£1,048,876 (UK) (26 March 2010)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Parker uses Netscape 3.0 on Mac OS (classic) to browse the Internet on October 26, 1996 (the date of baseball 1996 World Series, Game 6). This is historically correct: the browser was released on August 19, 1996. The websites he visits appear to be large static images, which contain the whole page pre-rendered separately. See more »


The Wilson's TV remote is an RCA universal DVD available remote that was not available at the time. See more »


[first lines]
Heather: So even if Columbus got lost and wasn't the first to discover America, he's still my hero. He was really brave to sail in such a tiny ship over a really big ocean. And because of him, we get Columbus Day off of school.
Teacher: Thank you Heather. Uh, Ronnie? Tell us about your hero.
Ronnie - 11 years: [writes HACHIKO on the blackboard] Hachiko was my grandfather Wilson's dog. Everyone called Hachi a mystery dog because they never really knew where he came from. Maybe Hachi escaped from a dog pound. Or maybe he...
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Be sure to take tissues!
16 August 2009 | by (Tokyo, Japan) – See all my reviews

Well, I just came back from seeing this in Shinjuku earlier and I can honestly say that I have NEVER seen so many people crying at the end of a movie.... it really is a sad story.

However, it's also a heartwarming tale of loyalty, about how people and dogs are more than just friends and, I guess most of all, about how a dog's love for its master never fades - even after his/her death!

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!

I highly recommend this to people of all ages. There are enough bits to laugh at (seeing Richard Gere teaching his dog to play 'fetch' was brilliant!) and the story is portrayed really well (even if there were some changes made to the original Japanese tale)

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