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Sunday, 15 August 2010

Hachi: A Dog´s Tale (Based On A True Story)

Last night I watched a touching story called Hachi: A Dog´s Tale, based on a Japanese film made 20 years ago, which itself is based on a true story (1930’s) regarding the extraordinary love and devotion of an Akita dog for his beloved human companion…

The story is about a college professor Parker Wilson (Richard Gere) that discovers a lost Akita puppy on his way home from work and takes it home. When he can’t find the puppy’s owner, he ends up keeping it. The professor’s Japanese friend identifies the puppy as an Akita dog and explains relevant information about the breed. He also proposes a name for the puppy – Hachiko, or Hachi, for short. Soon, the professor and the dog form a very strong bond, despite his wife’s (Joan Allen) initial objection towards the dog´s presence, but she is quickly convinced.

Every morning, Hachi walks to the railway station with its owner, and every afternoon at five, the dog returns to wait for the professor. One day, the professor doesn´t return home from work because he suffers a heart attack at the university that day. He dies and never returns to the railway station where his loyal friend is waiting. Hachi waits for hours, until the professor’s daughter comes to take Hachi home.

Every day, during 10 years, Hachi visits the railway station and waits, sitting there amongst the town folks for his deceased master to come home. Hachi earns the sympathy of the community at the station, but the dog never accepts another master. In the end, Hachi dies at the station, still waiting for his beloved master to arrive.

The story is extremely heartbreaking, it’s just sad to visualize a dog waiting for its dead owner for 10 years, and it hurts even more when you know that it’s based on a true story. Believe me that Hachi is like no other dog-film you have ever seen. I really don't have words to describe it, all I can say is that it’s an amazing film that can touch everybody’s heart and I personally think that only a non-hearted monster would not cry watching this film, just my point of view

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