Hachi a Dog’s Tale

Hachi is a love story with a beautiful dog as the main character  The dog is a Japanese Akita, and he loves his owner with the type of pure and unconditional love that only dogs possess.

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The plot is that Professor  Case Wilson (played by Richard Gere) finds a lost  Akita puppy  at a train station. The only identification is a tag with the Japanese symbol for lucky number 8 on the dog’s collar.  Despite many attempts, no one can located the dog’s owner and the Professor and his family adopt the dog, and fall in love with him.

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This is a family movie rated “G” and it  is beautifully done. It has an all star cast of well known actors including Joan Allen as the professor’s wife and Jason Alexander as the Stationmaster.


Carey-Hiroyuki Tagawa plays a Japanese-American friend of the Professor, who explains the history of the Akita breed and the fact that the Japanese word for 8 is Hachiko.

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The real stars of the movie, however, are the 3 dogs that played Hachi at different stages of his life.  The movie is based on the true story of an Akita dog who lived in Japan in the 1930’s. At the end of the film there is even a tribute to the original Hachiko.

It is wonderful to see a truly well crafted and moving  family film with world class actors giving top-notch performances

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