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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.


Seijirô Kôyama


Kaneto Shindô (screenplay), Kaneto Shindô (story)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Shujiro Ueno
Kaoru Yachigusa ... Hidejiro Ueno
Toshinori Omi Toshinori Omi ... Ogata
Toshirô Yanagiba Toshirô Yanagiba ... Moriyama
Mako Ishino Mako Ishino ... Chizuko Ueno
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


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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In the movie Hachi never wags his tail. See more »


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Garasu no kanransha
Music by Tetsuji Hayashi
Words by Masao Urino
Arranged by Tetsuji Hayashi
Performed by Tetsuji Hayashi
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One of the most emotional, sad, touching and well written films I have ever Seen. Hachiko Monogatari is the greatest Dog movie ever made.
6 January 2010 | by quiropiuscochannelSee all my reviews

Last year I was reading a two pages article about Hachiko in a local magazine,and the movie called a lot my attention but I never managed to get the film. However, last night a friend of mine gave me the film... And I loved it from the first to last minutes. Believe me, I have been a film lover since lots of years, but I can tell you that no other movie makes me cry as Hachiko did. I had never cried so much for a movie since "Life is Beautiful" and "The grave of the Fireflies". Just to think about an Akita Inu dog that has been waiting for his dead master for 10 years; its sad just to imagine it, and more when you know that its based on a TRUE story. Believe me that Hachiko is like no other dog-film you have ever seen, its completely beyond every dog movie ever created. The acting was great, the dog who acted as Hachiko was perfect,the ambientation was excellent, the soundtrack is very touchy and accords with the emotional nature of the film. Sorry, I really don't have words to describe it, Its a beautiful film that can touch everybodies heart and I personally think that only a no hearted bastard would not cry watching this film, just my opinion. Its very hard to get, but if you manage to get it, you wont be disappointed, trust me... Hachiko will show the meaning of loyalty.

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1 August 1987 (Japan) See more »

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