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Hachi-ko (1987)

Hachikô monogatari (original title)
The true story about a dog's loyalty to its master, even after his death.

Director:

Seijirô Kôyama

Writers:

Kaneto Shindô (screenplay), Kaneto Shindô (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Shujiro Ueno
Kaoru Yachigusa Kaoru Yachigusa ... Hidejiro Ueno
Toshinori Omi Toshinori Omi ... Ogata
Toshirô Yanagiba Toshirô Yanagiba ... Moriyama
Mako Ishino Mako Ishino ... Chizuko Ueno
Masumi Harukawa Masumi Harukawa ... Okichi
Taiji Tonoyama ... Hashimoto
Yoshi Katô Yoshi Katô ... Kondo
Hisashi Igawa ... Maekawa
Shigeru Izumiya Shigeru Izumiya ... Yasui
Kei Yamamoto Kei Yamamoto ... Serizawa
Kumeko Urabe ... Tabacco shop owner
Chôei Takahashi Chôei Takahashi ... Mase
Saburô Ishikura Saburô Ishikura ... Machida
Shirô Kishibe Shirô Kishibe ... Customer
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The true story about a dog's loyalty to its master, even after his death.

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Drama | Family

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 August 1987 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Hachi-ko See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,827,720
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Hachi was adopted another name by the Japanese, of "Chuken Hachiko", which literally means, "loyal dog Hachiko" See more »

Connections

Remade as Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Garasu no kanransha
Music by Tetsuji Hayashi
Words by Masao Urino
Arranged by Tetsuji Hayashi
Performed by Tetsuji Hayashi
Courtesy of Vap Inc.
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No doubts anymore to why dog is considered man's best friend
3 March 2011 | by Atreyu_IISee all my reviews

While humans are weird on these things, dogs are companions for life. Dogs show eternal loyalty for the simplest things. Giving them food and water is enough for them to stay loyal forever, but if that includes love and attention that loyalty is taken to another degree. It is true that dogs CAN and DO chose their own masters and they are loyal to one person. It seems that, for them, life has no meaning if it's not with their first owner.

This film is very, very moving and sad, like no other I've ever seen. It tells the (real) story of Hachi, the dog that waited 10 long years for his owner after his death. Hachi kept waiting for him for the rest of his life and only didn't wait more because he died. Besides that hard reality, that dog was a victim of violence, went through a lot of pain, sorrow and even illness. It's already very depressing to imagine what the real Hachi went through and seeing what we see in this movie is so heartbreaking. It breaks my heart how much he waits for a master that won't be back anymore, the cruelty of humans towards innocent animals, the bad condition and fragile health he is after years.

The movie itself is far from being great, let alone a masterpiece. But it's unquestionably a valuable lesson about the loyalty of dogs in the highest sense and it shows that dog is definitely man's best friend, a companion for life in the good and bad moments, everything.

There are many hateful human characters and this movie is so depressing and painful that I can't even watch it anymore and I couldn't help but cry hard. Having that said, it's impossible not to love Hachi and our hearts melt over him.

This movie had an American remake with Richard Gere but it's very different. The original is a far more realistic approach to the real story, as it takes place in Japan in the 1920's/1930's - which is the place and time when this story really happened.


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