Based on the 1987 Japanese film Hachiko Monogatari, as well as on a true story, Hachi: A Dog's Tale stars Richard Gere as a college professor who finds an abandoned dog and takes the poor lost animal in. The film follows the two as the man and animal soon form a strong and unexplainable bond. Joan Allen co-stars in the Inferno Entertainment production. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi
Ths movie found me. While looking for a theme to highlight mom's life on her 80th BD, I took her to the movies without knowing what was playing and chose this over the 6 other gore fests. Family loyalty and fidelity are highlghted in a clear and succint manner by Hachi's behavior, while contrasting the denial of any bond by the grieving?? wife(she came back first to see her lasting Theater legacy before other remembrances). I agree the modern day setting makes the story implausible, but we will forgive the national narcissism. Gere is splendid in matching the dog's facial expression. The camera work surrenders to the view by Hachi only partially. Great cure for eye dryness!!!
I loved the movie but feel it would have been better set in an earlier time. If I had come upon this situation today I would have called the SPCA and/or taken the dog home myself. I felt bad that Hachi was left out in the cold every day and people knew he was there waiting for his master to come home. To me that was animal abuse. However, just letting go of that and enjoying the story for what it was about, faithfulness, it was a great story and I cried my eyes out! Love the dog.