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Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

G | | Drama, Family | 12 March 2010 (UK)
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A college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.

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Lasse Hallström

Writers:

Stephen P. Lindsey (screenplay), Kaneto Shindô (motion picture "Hachiko monogatari")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Parker Wilson
Joan Allen ... Cate Wilson
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Ken
Sarah Roemer ... Andy
Jason Alexander ... Carl
Erick Avari ... Jasjeet
Davenia McFadden Davenia McFadden ... Mary Anne
Robbie Sublett ... Michael (as Robbie Collier Sublett)
Kevin DeCoste Kevin DeCoste ... Ronnie - 11 years
Rob Degnan Rob Degnan ... Teddy Barnes (as Robert Degnan)
Tora Hallström Tora Hallström ... Heather
Donna Sorbello Donna Sorbello ... Myra
Frank S. Aronson Frank S. Aronson ... Milton - The Butcher (as Frank Aronson)
Troy Doherty ... Sal
Ian Sherman Ian Sherman ... Student Pianist
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Commuting by rain, music professor Parker Wilson finds an Akita puppy, whose cage broke unnoticed during shipping, leaving his destination unknown, and since the station can't care for it and the dog catcher warns even such cute ones may not be adopted in the two weeks allowed, kindly takes it home. His bossy, jealous wife Cate initially makes Parker swear it won't stay, but by the time its' clear nobody will claim him and an adoption candidate is found, she agrees to keep the dog, who won over their daughter Andy and her fiance Michael at first sight. Parker's Japanese college friend Ken inspires naming the pup Hachi(ko), and is pleasantly surprised when Parker successfully tackles he challenge to get it to fetch, which Akitas don't naturally do. Hachi makes a habit of waiting for his equally doting master at the station every evening, but after a cardiac crisis, Parker dies. Hachi refuses to accept this, being moved to Michael's home as Cate moves out, waiting for a master who can ... Written by KGF Vissers

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A true story of faith, devotion and undying love.

Genres:

Drama | Family

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

12 March 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hachi: A Dog's Tale See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£442,753 (United Kingdom), 14 March 2010, Limited Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,707,417
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Hachi is a Japanese Akita/Akita Ainu from the mountainous northern regions of Japan. See more »

Goofs

The commuter train that Parker rides is equipment (locomotive and cars) of the Providence and Worcester Railroad. However, the Providence and Worcester does not operate regularly scheduled passenger trains and did not at the time the movie was being made. See more »

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[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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Crazy Credits

Message near the end of the credits: "Although beloved by many as a family pet, Akitas are recommended only for dedicated and experienced dog owners. To learn more, please visit the American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org and the American Kennel Club at www.akc.org" See more »

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References Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog (1961) See more »

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Well-written and filmed, really touching.
15 November 2009 | by whateveerSee all my reviews

I first knew about "Hachiko: A Dog's Story" because of Sarah Roemer, my favorite actress. When I read more about this movie and found out that Richard Gere and Joan Allen were in the cast too, I was really excited.

I saw the movie on 29 Setember at "Festival do Rio de Janeiro" and I loved it! It's really powerful and touching. I loved how they showed the dog's vision in black & white.

The only thing that I didn't like at all was that the characters seems to "never take flight". I know Parker (Richard Gere) and the dog Hachiko are the main characters, but I think that the other characters could have been explored a bit more. But I do understand why it wasn't done.

If you are a dog person, you will definitely love this movie! It's a sad, beautiful story that touches everyone's heart! A must-see.


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