Hachiko: A Dog’s Story (2010)

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Hachiko A Dog's Story
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I’m a big fan of Action, Horrors, Martial Arts, Sci-fi films and it’s not often that I stray away from those genres. I had never heard of this film before, so I thought I’d read up on it some more, I read 2 lines regarding this film, and I was hooked. Now I’m not going to say what those 2 lines were as it will pretty much give away the whole storyline for this great film. I highly recommend this movie for everyone to watch.

I was also intrigued to see how Richard Gere fits into this movie, but he was perfect in this movie as well as his other co-star in the movie, Forest (Hachiko).  It’s the story about loyalty beyond anything we could have imagined. Parker Wilson (Richard Gere), a professor, finds an abandoned puppy on the platform of a railway station. With no idea who it belongs to, he takes it home in the hope his owner will come looking for him. Unfortunately, no one comes to claim the poor puppy, so Parker is left to look after him, much to the dismay of his wife Cate Wilson (Joan Allen). You could pretty much tell from the initial shots how much of a tear-jerker this film is going to be. SAD MOMENT: when Parker locks up the puppy in the shed, and through a small gap, you see little sad-eyed Hachi looking up at Parker’s bedroom, you just felt so sorry for Hachi at that scene. As Hachi gets older he gets more and more attached to Parker, until the untimely death of Richard Gere, and what follows in the film is something to truly admire the loyalty of Hachi to his master.

Even to this moment as I write this review I find it hard to believe that this is actually a true story. The actual events occurred in Tokyo in 1924 and in memory of Hachiko a statue of him stands outside Shibuya Railway Station in Tokyo. This movie is a fantastic movie, and a tearjerker of the highest calibre.

Warning: This movie may induce serious amounts of sadness and teariness, please be advised to have plenty of tissues nearby.

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