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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)
Rob Degnan ...
Teddy Barnes (as Robert Degnan)
Tora Hallstrom ...
Heather (as Tora Hallström)
Donna Sorbello ...
Frank S. Aronson ...
Milton - The Butcher (as Frank Aronson)
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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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To age Hachi, in addition to using makeup to dull the colors of his coat, tiny weights were used to make his ears and tail droop. See more »


When Hachi brings the ball to Parker at the station, while Parker opens the door, the reflection of the camera is visible in the window of the door. 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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Will not leave you the same
6 March 2010 | by (Seattle, United States) – See all my reviews

I think at the end of the day, what matters in a movie is how different it leaves you after you've watched it. It could be technically brilliant and leave you in amazement about how a narrative can be structured, leave you thinking about an issue from a totally unique perspective or just leave you thinking.

But if you believe that the impact a movie has on you is important - you cannot afford to miss this movie. I've never written a review in the past 7-8 years of using IMDb but signed up just so I could say how much I loved this movie.

I read a couple of reviews talk about crying during the movie and thought it odd. I can't remember the last time I cried during a movie - but towards the last 15 minutes of the movie I didn't only cry - I cried from the depth of my heart, not out of sadness but from a much deeper sense of realization the power of true love and how it can manifest itself. You hear so many times that there is 'God' in all of us if we can realize it - at the end of this movie you will know why it's true.

It's a must watch movie.

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