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Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

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A college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.

Director:

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A true story of faith, devotion and undying love.

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

AL | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

17 December 2009 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Hachi 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

On May 19, 2012, a bronze statue of the Japanese dog Hachiko was unveiled at the train depot at Woonsocket Depot Square where the film was shot. It is an exact replica of the bronze statue of Hachiko which resides in front of Shibuya Station in Japan. See more »

Goofs

While the puppy Hachi travels from Japan locked in a crate, his collar disappears and then mysteriously reappears. 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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Referenced in Elvis Mitchell: Under the Influence: Richard Gere (2008) See more »

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Will not leave you the same
6 March 2010 | by nainwalSee all my reviews

I think at the end of the day, what matters in a movie is how different it leaves you after you've watched it. It could be technically brilliant and leave you in amazement about how a narrative can be structured, leave you thinking about an issue from a totally unique perspective or just leave you thinking.

But if you believe that the impact a movie has on you is important - you cannot afford to miss this movie. I've never written a review in the past 7-8 years of using IMDb but signed up just so I could say how much I loved this movie.

I read a couple of reviews talk about crying during the movie and thought it odd. I can't remember the last time I cried during a movie - but towards the last 15 minutes of the movie I didn't only cry - I cried from the depth of my heart, not out of sadness but from a much deeper sense of realization the power of true love and how it can manifest itself. You hear so many times that there is 'God' in all of us if we can realize it - at the end of this movie you will know why it's true.

It's a must watch movie.


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