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  • Actors: Sarah Roemer, Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Jason Alexander, Carey-Hiroyuki Tagawa
  • Directors: Lasse Hallström
  • Producers: Richard Gere, Bill Johnson, Vicki Shigekuni Wong
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 5 July 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (314 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003PHT5UG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,618 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Tearjerker drama produced by and starring Richard Gere. Based on the true story of Hachiko, a dog in 1920s Tokyo who entered Japanese folklore for his incredible loyalty to his master, the film is a remake of the 1987 film 'Hachiko Monogatari' by Seijiro Koyama. When college professor Parker Wilson (Gere) takes in an abandoned dog, Hachi, an unbreakable bond develops between the pair. At the same time every day, Hachi waits for the professor at the station to welcome him home from work. After the professor dies while away from home, the dog continues to wait at the station for his master for almost a decade.

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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108 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. D. Hunt on 8 April 2010
Format: Blu-ray
This film is based on a true story that happened in Japan in the late 1920s and 1930s and which was made into a Japanese film in the 1980s. Although transposed to late 20th/early 21st century Rhode Island, the transposition has beeen handled superbly and the tale has been altereed very little - the substance and underlying story remaining intact. It tells of a dog's utter devotion and love for a man that transcends everything and I can't imagine enyone with feelings of humanity and respect for animals not being moved by it. For animal lovers it is very moving and I freely admit that as a relatively hardened 50-something man I cried. The story is simple and without sub-plots or other complications and cinematic twists but it still held me almost spellbound by its beauty and poignancy; the simplicity helps the film tell its story and show what it is trying to say without distractions. Yes, it is a sad tale but ultimately it speaks of hope and love in a way that I found really beautiful. Maybe I'm just an old softy really but I can't imagine how anyone could fail to be moved by what I saw - those who have criticised it heavily must have been watching a different film.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Reeves on 10 May 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
For the last hour of this film , I cried like a baby. It is truely a wonderfull film . I dont think it will ever leave me. I gave my dog an extra long cuddle that night , let me tell you . I cant recommend this film enough . Fabulous , but make sure you have a big box of tissues at hand , You will need them !
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By GhostWolf on 19 Dec. 2010
Format: DVD
Hachi a Dogs Tale is a true story about an Akita Inu who waited for his master at a train station.
Hachi was relesed in 2009 and stared Richard Gere and Joan Allen as the main human characters.
This film is one of those sad animal movies like Black Beauty, Eight Below and Fluke, were the animals don't talk but you feel their emotions. Unlike those animated dog films were the dogs talk and make fart jokes and at the end they get the girl and they return home. This movie had no homeward bound type of story which almost all dog films have, it was a story of loyalty.
Plot
Hachiko is a Akita Inu who as a pup gets lost at a train station and is found by Parker Wilson who is a collage professer. He take Hachi home and adopts him. A few years later Hachiko waits at the train station to greet his master and does this every day. Until one day while the professer was at work he suffers a heart attack and dies. Hachiko waits for his masters return but the professer never gets off the train. Hachiko finally realises that his master is dead but still waits hoping that one day he would see his beloved owner again. Years pass and Hahi becomes weak and old but he still waits. One night Hachiko goes to the train station for the last time. Hachi sees Parker come through the door of the train station and runs to him. Finally Hachikos waiting is over and they are reunited and their souls rise to heaven.
My Thoughts
Overall Hachi was a beautiful film that is reallly underated. I personally think it was a film not trying to be a epic adventure like Avatar or a Comedy like Shrek. It wanted to be a true story drama about a dog's loyalty towards his master. Because of this it made it different to many films we've seen in the past decade.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By wendy woo on 7 May 2011
Format: DVD
Thanks to amazon I received the film very quickly so didnt have to wait long to watch it.What a great tear jerking film, would even melt the hardest of peoples hearts. well worth buying. I cried from beginning to end, and to know it was based on a true story made it even more touching. 10/10 you must watch it.
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I honestly cannot understand why anybody with normal feelings would give anything less than five stars to this film. It might not be the most cinematically perfect effort but that isn’t the only consideration is it?

My better half spotted this on the telly over Christmas and asked me if I’d like to watch it with her (which as you chaps know is wife code for “watch it with me or else”) so I dutifully sat down and watched.

I would like it to be known at this point that I am not some kind if wet wuss given to blubbing for no good reason. As a self-respecting bloke I have several highly prized and indexed sets of spanners and other tools in Whitworth, AF and metric which under normal circumstances would have far greater recreational appeal than some soppy film about a puppy.

However, having committed myself to what was seemingly going to be 90 million hours of deadly dull television I have to confess I was completely confounded. From the opening moments I was utterly captivated by the relationship between man and dog. By the end of the film I was doing my utmost to disguise the fact that my tear ducts had suddenly started working after 50 years of inactivity.

This is a film about loyalty and faithfulness, traits that seems so sadly lacking today, and I commend this film to anybody…actually no, not to anybody, to everybody. Please watch it, it is a superb film and a lesson to us all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 April 2012
Format: DVD
I reckon that Hachi: A Dog's Tale has been shown on one of the Sky Movies channels graveyard slot almost every day, for months now. Hmmm. Another shaggy dog story, no thanks.

Radio Times online has a photo of a young boy with a puppy to go with it. Doubly no thankyou! So, I resisted even longer. Then I noticed the director was none other than Lasse Hallstrom, who not everybody knows, made as one of his earliest films in his native Sweden, 'My Life as a Dog', back in 1985.

That being quite a favourite of mine, I then recorded Hachi. But, My Life is a Dog it isn't and is very different and much more 'normal' and grown up and sober. For much of it though I still found myself sceptical; instead of my worst fears of having a small boy playing with his puppy, we have a fifty-odd year old man playing with his dog. All very cute and life-assuring but hardly high drama.

Of course, this is a family drama and one that is obviously loved and so I adjusted my perceptions and then, enjoyed it. It benefits from a good cast - Richard Gere and Joan Allen as his wife and being filmed in the old school tradition - simply, slowly, beautifully. The simple piano-led music is evocative, emotive and fitting - and universal.

Hachi is a touching tale that certainly brought a lump to my Tarantino-hardened throat and certainly made me think and ponder. Recommended.
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