Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009) Poster


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Hachi is portrayed by three dogs: Chico, Layla, and Forrest.
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.
Hachi is a Japanese Akita/Akita Ainu from the mountainous northern regions of Japan.
When Parker searches information about Akita on Internet, he pumps into a picture of Ueno and Hachiko from 1924.
On May 19, 2012, a bronze statue of the Japanese dog Hachiko was unveiled at the train depot at Woonsocket Depot Square where the film was shot. It is an exact replica of the bronze statue of Hachiko which resides in front of Shibuya Station in Japan.
According to the movie's closing cards the real Hachiko died in March 1934. The earlier movie, Hachiko Monogatari, and other sources state that he died in March 1935 (9 years and 9 months after Professor Ueno's death).
Parker uses Netscape 3.0 on Mac OS (classic) to browse the Internet on October 26, 1996, the date of the sixth game of the 1996 World Series. This is historically correct as the browser was released on August 19, 1996. The websites that he visits appear to be large static images, which contain the whole page pre-rendered separately.
In Chapter 6 of the book "Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors", trainer Mark Harden describes how he and his team trained the three Akitas - Leyla, Chico and Forrest, who played the role of Hachi in the movie. Harden adopted Chico after the movie was completed.
This movie reunites Richard Gere and Jason Alexander for the first time since "Pretty Woman."
The baseball game that Parker watches with Hachi is Game 6 of the 1996 World Series, which the New York Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 to win their 22nd World Series championship.
American Humane Association monitored the animal action. No animals were harmed. (AHAD 01142)
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Hachi is based on Hachiko, the Japanese dog that waited for his dead master to return for nine years.
On the 90th death anniversary of professor Ueno and 80th death anniversary the University of Tokyo's agriculture have erected another bronze statue that reunites Hachiko with his owner.

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