Hachi: A Dog's Tale
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Hachi: A Dog's Tale

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Director: Lasse Hallström

Cast: Lasse Hallström, Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Sarah Roemer


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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…  See more details below


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.

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Sony Pictures
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

A bond of loyalty - the making of Hachi: A Dog's Tale; Blu-ray exclusive

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Gere Actor,Parker Wilson
Joan Allen Actor,Cate Wilson
Sarah Roemer Actor,Andy Wilson
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Actor,Ken
Erick Avari Actor,Jasjeet
Jason Alexander Actor,Carl

Technical Credits
Lasse Hallström Director
Jeff Abberley Executive Producer
Julia Blackman Executive Producer
Kristina Boden Editor
Chad Detweiller Production Designer
Ron Fortunato Cinematographer
Liz Gallacher Musical Direction/Supervision
Bill Johnson Producer
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek Score Composer
Stephen P. Lindsay Screenwriter
Paul Mason Executive Producer
Rick Montgomery Casting
Deborah Newhall Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Gere Producer
Dean Schnider Co-producer
Jim Seibel Executive Producer
Vicki Shigekuni Wong Producer

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Hachi: A Dog's Tale 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Animal lovers will love this movie. Perhaps the script could have been more complex, but the overall loyalty between a dog and the man he loves is inspiring.
mistykay More than 1 year ago
Now I fully undsrstand why GOD spelled backwards is DOG! I dare anyone to watch this movie & not weep, or to have a new found respect for the precious dogs in our lives. Kudos to all involved in the making of this film. Still crying!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this story line would not have played out this way today, it is a beautiful story of the relationship bond that develops between a man and his dog. I cried so hard I had to resort to paper towels!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing, heart touching film about a loyal dog. A great family movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Hachi" is based on a true story of one dog's loyalty towards his master. The dog sees his master off at the train station every morning and is there in the evening waiting for him when he returns from work. After the master fails to show up at the train station one evening, his dog shows up at the train station every evening, day after day, year after year, no matter what season it is - whether it is hot or cold or rainy or snowing. Until finally, one evening, the master finally shows up, in a manner of speaking, and takes his beloved dog Hachi with him on a special journey. One of the highlights of the movie is the superb background score by Jan Kaczmarek, who won the Oscar for his work in "Finding Neverland". In particular, the closing track, titled "Goodbye", is a masterpiece. The beautiful music certainly adds an extra dimension to the movie and heightens its impact on the viewer, and the tunes will linger in the mind long after the movie. While Chico and Leyla, the Akitas that play the younger Hachi are both very impressive, it is Forrest, playing the older Hachi with his melancholy eyes, slow walk and a once-gorgeous coat that has dulled with age, who really tugs at the heartstrings. My heart went out to the 10+ year old Hachi the first time he is seen in the movie. I found myself fervently wishing that something good will happen to him after so many years of waiting for his master. All credit to the actors and the director Lasse Hallstrom for bringing the true story of Hachiko from Japan to an American setting and making a memorable movie of it. I would unhesitatingly say that this is one of the best movies I have ever seen, and undoubtedly the best dog movie I have ever seen - even when I consider other beautiful dog movies like "Marley & Me", "Red Dog" and "My Dog Skip". Of all the movies I have seen, "Hachi" is only the second movie where I have a desire to visit the actual locations where the scenes were shot (the other one being "Shawshank Redemption"). For more info about the movie locations, please visit www.hachikousa.com and click on these links at the right of the page for more info : * Behind the Film: Hachi A Dog's Tale by Vicki Shigekuni Wong * Hachi Trail Map * Hachi Trail Facebook Use this map in case you would like to visit the location where the movie was filmed - http://hachikousa.com/mape.htm
Denise Ryan More than 1 year ago
Prepare some tissues for your tears when watching the movie. So touching! Sometimes animals are better than humans!
firstvesuvio More than 1 year ago
This movie was so touching and when I found out that it was based on a true story made it all the more moving. I laughed and cried and cried and when I tried to tell my family about the movie I started crying again. I have cats but I am buying this movie because it's a keeper, a must have. This is a movie the whole family can watch.
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goodmoviefan More than 1 year ago
Such a wonderful movie, and based on a true story. Bonus--good for the whole family--an all-too-rare thing these days. We've seen it twice, and are now buying copies for my childtren and grandchildren to have for their own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly Recommended
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sashi More than 1 year ago
This movie is the best I've seen in a long time. The storyline is amazing and surprisingly a true story. I'm quite dissapointed it did'nt go to theaters, because I think it would be more well known. I have never seen any thing as special as this movie. It is a pure symbol of loyalty. Don't forget the tissue, because you will need the whole box....believe me!
DogsRuleJC More than 1 year ago
It is beyond believe how much this movie touched me. I am a big fan of Richard Gere, as well as Joan Allen. Both are great actors, but the star of this movie is Hachi. What a beautiful animal! Of course the bond between humans & their dogs go back thousands of years, but the love this animal had for his master is beyond belief. But be prepared to cry. You don't need just a couple of tissues, you'll need the whole box. I sobbed uncontrolably & even when I told friends about the movie, I cried. Just writing this is bringing a lump to my throat & tears to my eyes. I know what I am going to write at this time is not a good thing, but I will not watch this movie again...or at least for a very, very long time. It breaks my heart too much.
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PatF More than 1 year ago
I loved it, but my husband cannot watch it because it is depressing to him - as well as to a number of our friends. It gives an accurate story of this dog who is quite famous in Japan. However, Gere's performance is quite weak.
LOVES-A-GOOD-BOOK More than 1 year ago
HaloAngel More than 1 year ago
I adopted my first Akita from our local Humane Society in 1989. He became an amazing companion. I then went on to purchase registered Akitas and participated in many CKC dog events during the following years. Over the past 20 years, I have owned and trained 6 Akitas. Sadly, my last Akita passed away in October 2009. She was just shy of her 13th Birthday (life-span on an Akita is 10-12 years). Having read the story of Hachiko, naturally I wanted to see this movie. Given my love of the breed and history with them, I wanted to purchase this movie so I would have my own copy to enjoy. Knowing that I would probably be emotional viewing this movie, I got out the box of tissues. Good thing, because you need the tissue! This movie is everything I hoped that it would be. They captured the loyalty between dog and owner in a way that only an Akita owner can relate to. Now that I own a Shiba Inu, I could also relate to the young Hachi (played by Shiba dogs) too. Richard Gere is also one of my favorite actors. So, with a favorite actor, a breed that you are passionate about, and a storyline that you're already familiar with, having a successful movie is a lot to live up to. However, this movie met all of my expectations and is now my new all time favorite movie. Even if you haven't owned an Akita but enjoy family movies, I would highly recommend this movie. It clearly expresses the bond between dog and owner. The loyalty and dedication are mutual. Just a fabulous movie for families! The DVD also highlights the making of the movie. This portion is also very well done. It really gives you insight into how the dogs were trained to play the roll of Hachi. This DVD is just excellent in all areas. I would highly recommend this to others. Definitely a "must see" for Akita owners!
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
The story of Hachi is endearing. How do our pets handle their emotions when their owner dies? How do they manage to receive closure? What does Hachi do after Parker H. Wilson's death? We learn through Hachi's experience love, loyalty, and friendship. A wonderful tale is provided for viewers in this DVD. This tale is heart-warming as well as sad. It will pull on your heartstrings and your emotions. The storyline and character development make for a great DVD.
JinkiesD More than 1 year ago
I never cried so much in my whole life..I guess I knew the story it is based on. The story about a bond between a dog and his master! I saw it with my sister and we tried not to show each other that we were crying! hahaha! It was so sad that Hachi didn't know his master was not gonna come home. Great movie to share!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first heard about this movie while watching an episode of Dogs 101 on Animal Planet when they were covering Akitas. I was amazed to know this was based on a true story. This movie displays the unique bond of loyalty between dog and owner which hit home quite a bit with me as a dog owner. The directory beautifully and artfully tells this true story while capturing the essence of this unique dog. More than a movie with a cute puppy in it, it's a must see for anyone who knows what it is to love a pet.
evie-Z More than 1 year ago
HACHI is a wonderful story. Maybe because it is true but especially because of Richard Gere's devotion to his role which seemed apparant to me. Of course I may be predjudiced. This film was shot in Rhode Island, partly in Bristol with the bulk of it in the city of Woonsocket. The train station where a great deal of the movie takes place and the buildings and area around it are very familiar to me since I lived in Woonsocket for many years. I always felt that if a film went from production to DVD that it must be just a so so movie. I was dead wrong . This fine movie changed my mind. Check this one out. You'll love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For anyone who loves dogs this is a delight! The bond between man/woman and dog is generally indescribable. You have to "be there." You have to know the joy of being welcomed home by a furry little (or big) four-legged friend. You have to understand the unconditional love of a dog for its master, and the pure pleasure that it enjoys with a stroke of its fur or a scratch of its ears. You're "there" with Hachi -- from the opening scene right through the inevitable heartbreaking ending, and it's worth every minute. It's sweet and simple, and would not be appreciated by anyone who does not know the joy of a Hachi; but for those who do it's pure joy!