At first I was very skeptical when I saw that Richard Gere was staring in this movie about a dog. Since it was movie night, my friends and I watched it just for fun, since my friends are quite difficult to please when it comes to movies - they don't want horror, fantasy, action, etc. Anyway, I am digressing! At first the movie started slowly and going along quite blandly but eventually we were taken in by the cute dog called Hachiko. For me, the dog was the main star here. He is so adorable and cute. Toward the end, when Hachiko waited in vain for his owner to return home, we all were crying. The dog's devotion and loyalty was very touching. To tell you honestly, the acting of Richard Gere and Joan Allen were very forgettable but it was the main star dog Hachiko that made this movie a hit. Or maybe I just love animals.