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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 ...
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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  »

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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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This movie reunites "Richard Gere" and "Jason Alexander" for the first time since "Pretty Woman." See more »


The puppy has obviously grown several weeks between its departure from a monastery in Japan and being found at a train station presumably less than a day after. 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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Referenced in Elvis Mitchell: Under the Influence: Richard Gere (2008) See more »

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You cannot get it any better than this
5 February 2010 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Its really hard to articulate when you have so much to write and so little words to express. And even lesser words which could actually help you convey what you want to say. The closest word which comes to my mind in this case is 'stupendous'.

Hachiko is a true story about a dog in Japan and the special bond he shared with a professor whom he met when it was a little puppy. The story has been put forward exceptionally well by the cast and the director.

The movie has been kept extremely simple with minimum effort on the scenes, yet remarkably you are kept spellbound after a couple of minutes into the movie. And as the other reviews suggest, making the whole theater grab onto their tissues explains how good it really is.

Lastly, coming for someone who also rates 'Eight below' as one of his favorite's, a high rating of Hachiko would seem a little biased to many. But in my honest opinion I don't think that anybody who has watched this movie can rate it below 10.

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