May 25, 2010
Now available on DVD: "Hachi: A Dog's Tale"
The touching true story of one man's best friend
The American remake of a Japanese film based on a true story, Hachi: A Dog's Tale tells of an Akita puppy who is found abandoned at a train station by a college professor, played by Richard Gere. Despite initial objections by his wife (played by Joan Allen), he brings home Hachi, who eventually becomes a much-loved member of the family, accompanying his besotted “master” to the station every day and returning each night to greet him after work.
When Gere’s character leaves home and dies unexpectedly, Hachi appears at the station to wait for him every day for the next nine years. During these visits, Hachi touches the lives of many, teaching them about love and compassion. Today, a statue of the real Hachiko sits at the Shibuya station in Japan as a permanent tribute to his undying loyalty.
If this overlooked gem has escaped your notice, be sure to catch it on DVD – as both a great testament to the human-companion-animal bond, and a great film, as well.