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

Hachiko is an Akita dog, he is the most remembered dog in Japan because of his never dying loyalty to his deceased owner. The story of Hachiko touched millions of people worldwide. The first adaptation of the faithful dog's story was in 1987 titled "Hachikō Monogatari" (The Tale of Hachiko), the tragic true story of Hachiko became known widely in Japan after its premiere. Twenty-two years later, the story of Hachiko has been adapted into an American film and was brought worldwide. The american adaptation was titled "Hachi: A Dog's Tale".

Japanese theatrical release poster [source]

The film starts with a class of young students reciting their personal heroes. One of the grandson of Hachi's master recited the story of the loyal dog to his classmates. Hachi was found by a college professor named Parker Wilson (Richard Gere) in a train station. Hachi was walking astray after falling off from a cage when he was found by the professor. Parker brought the puppy to his house and make him his beloved and loyal pet. Everyday Hachi walks with him to the train station. Then Hachi will wait for him in the afternoon at the entrance of the train station. One  afternoon, Parker suddenly collapsed after giving a lecture to his students. The sudden death of Parker cause Hachi to patiently wait for nine years for him to come back. 

The end of the film revealed the information of the original Hachiko, who was born in Odate, Japan on November 10, 1923. In 1924, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor at the University of Tokyo, took Hachikō as a pet. After Hidesaburo Ueno's death in 1925, Hachikō always return to the Shibuya train station to wait for him for the next nine years. It also revealed the year of Hachiko's death (March 8, 1935). A photo of his statue in the Shibuya train station is the last image shown before the credits roll.  [source]

The scene where Hachi was visited by Cate Wilson,
 the professor's wife, after many years of waiting. 

After watching this American adaptation of Hachiko, I feel lonely and sad because the faithful dog waited and waited for his master to come back. The dog really waited every season, from winter to spring then from summer to fall. The movie will make you cry especially the scene where Hachiko was visited by his master's wife after many years of waiting. I even have goosebumps writing this review because the movie will really touch your heart. Every sad part of the movie will be absorbed by your mind and your heart which will cause your eyes to flow in tears an make your body pale and sad.

My grade for this movie is five out of five. Because this movie is really good, the acting is so realistic especially Richard Gere and the Akita dog, and also the film achieved its goal to make the viewers touched by the faithful dog's story.

You can watch the movie here, provided by stream2k:

This movie became a box office hit last 2009 and earned $46,671,235 worldwide.


  1. I have seen this movie so many times. I even cry kainis maxado. Dogs really are man's best friend.

  2. I've seen this movie and to be honest grabe lang ang iyak ko.

  3. This is one of those films that even if I watch it over and over again, I will definitely cry :(

  4. I have not seen this movie, I'm sure my son will love this especially it involves a dog :)

  5. this is cool. i love dog movies and their true story behind.

  6. This is really one touching movie and a real tearjerker from a bond between a dog and his owner.

  7. I love this movie. It's very touching and really made me cry :(

  8. whew! i've watched this movie and I knew someone who had a tour from Japan where he tell us that the Hachiko's statue is there. whew. teary-eyed :')

  9. Sobrang nakakaiyak itong movie na to. I've seen it in HBO.

  10. I really love this movie, so touching and sad.... I even cried after watching this movie

  11. I haven't seen this movie yet, I think it was so touching as I am a dog lover too.

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