This has got to be the absolute best movie about our little furry, four-legged friends that has ever been made. If you can sit through this without shedding a tear (especially in the final scenes, when Hachi is old) then you're tougher than I. I love dogs of all kinds, and this Akita, will grab at your heart strings for sure. I openly admit that I cried at the end and had trouble regaining my composure, especially when looking at our two little Yorkies. I have found dogs to be more loving, faithful, and better companions than most people. This movie is not rare, collectible, or expensive, and therefore readily available at a good price right here on Amazon. Pick this one up and have a family movie night. You won't regret it. Get the soundtrack too, while you're at it. Quite possibly one of the most beautiful instrumental scores ever written, for the piano. The movie would suffer greatly without it. Put this one in your CD player, sit back, and allow yourself to go to dreamland, and think about why people are so evil, violent, and uncaring and "man's best friend" is just the opposite in every respect.