Movie Review - Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

Posted by Rajan
February 18th, 2011

Rating: 4 out of 5

Recently, we visited a friend of our's for dinner. They happen to have a very energetic dalmatian. During the course of the evening they were narrating the story of this movie - Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009). Being pet owners, they were naturally very moved by this movie.

It is based on the true story of a dog in Japan, which does not give up looking for it's master even after his death. It is the true story of undying loyalty of a dog. Often people say that man is superior to all other animals in this world. Sometimes, an animal can humble or inspire the best in us. The original is a Japanese movie called Hachi-ko (1987). The same story was remade in English as Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009).

This is one of the movies where the story is central. Irrespective of whether it is true or not, it tugs at your heart. Parker Wilson (Richard Gere) is a professor who comes across a puppy. He brings it home with the intention of keeping it temporarily. Soon, the dog wins over everyone's heart and stays. It accompanies Parker every day on his way to and from work. One day, Parker dies at work and doesn't return home. Disheartened by the loss, the family moves out of the city. But, the dog never gives up and makes the trek every day looking for it's master until it breathes it's last.

If anyone ever visits Japan, try to visit the Shibuya train station in Tokyo. At the entrance to the station is a statue of Hachi the dog, who is waiting for his master to this day.


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