Hachiko: A Dog’s Story makes grown men cry
I’ve heard of this movie a few weeks ago and people kept saying how they cried after watching it. I’m really not fond of animal movies but I want to see if this one’s a real tearjerker… so I asked my wife to watch it with me.
Hachiko: A Dog’s Story is loosely based on a true story about a dog of the Akita Inu breed in Japan which is known for their immense loyalty and intelligence. I’ve heard of the story way before I heard that a Hollywood movie will be made so I kinda know what to expect in terms of the plot.
This film stars Richard Gere who plays a music professor (Parker Wilson) who one night finds this Akita puppy (Hachi) at the train station on his way home. He initially didn’t want to keep the dog but when he can’t find its owners after a few days, he took Hachi in.
Over the years, both owner and dog formed a tight bond. Hachi would always walk with his master at the train station and wait for him there when he arrives in the afternoon. With this routine, people who are regulars at the station and close to the professor also fell in love with Hachi.
I’m going to stop there because I don’t want to spoil things too much.
There was already a movie about this story in Japan in 1987 entitled Hachikō Monogatari but I heard that this Hollywood version tells a better and more compelling story. To attract the western audience, they used Hachi (meaning 8) instead of Hachiko.
The real star of this movie is Hachi and I love how the director showed scenes from the dog’s point of view. Richard Gere wasn’t too bad himself here, just being his classic self while the others made an adequate supporting cast.
This one’s a really nice, heartwarming film that shows us the value of family loyalty and life-long friendship. Everyone can learn something from Hachi.
Verdict: 4.5 stars out of 5. I did not cry but my wife did and after watching it she kept on reminding me that I promised I won’t make her cry. *roll eyes*
Dog-lovers might want to prepare some tissues when watching this.