Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (Mar 2010) is based on a true story which happened in Japan in the 1920s. This film presents an updated and Americanized  version of this story. It deals with the subject of an animal’s loyalty for their master.

Richard Gere plays an American music professor who finds an Akita puppy wandering at a train station. He takes the puppy home in order to prevent Hachi from being put in the animal shelter. Joan Allen plays Gere’s wife with humor and patience. All of the acting is believable and there were some very emotional scenes. The pacing of the story was good.

A lot of movies starring animals tend to have kids as the owners or companions in them. This is pretty much an exception. In Hachi, the kid is Gere’s grandson and he is the narrator of the story. Lasse Hallstrom, the director, has made a visually great movie. There are some scenes which were filmed from Hachi’s point of view. These were done in black and white, which I found to be an interesting way of presenting the animal’s thought. I’m happy that the director did not resort to using a voice over actor for Hachi’s thoughts. Visually and story-wise I would give this movie 5 stars out of 5.

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2 Thoughts on “StevenF Review of Hachi: A Dog’s Tale w/ trailer

  1. Remmy2013 on May 8, 2018 at 11:12 pm said:

    I have never cared for the characters or personalities that Richard Gere has portrayed. None of them seemed right, or believable. Yet, I always thought he was a great actor, just one that was in lousy parts. Of course, I was right. The Movie Hachi proves that. This is a story of loyalty, something we do not witness in the twentieth century… oh yes we see this in dogs, but no other animal or human, at least to this extent.

    Not all dogs are this loyal, but many are. We find dogs that find their best friends burial spot and they wait, with love until they too die. That is a loyalty human’s do not possess.

    Hachi is a slow film with ramifications that I cannot go into here, but it is one to watch, hold and love.

    This is a gem of a film and worth every second of your time.

  2. pauly10 on May 9, 2018 at 2:10 pm said:

    This looks like a good movie and one that will be on my watch out for list 🙂

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