Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
Based on a true story from Japan, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale is a moving film about loyalty and the rare, invincible bonds that occasionally form almost instantaneously in the most unlikely places. College professor Parker Wilson (Richard Gere) finds a young Akita puppy that’s been abandoned at the local train station, and he’s instantly captivated by the dog. Assuming the dog’s owner will return to the train station to claim him in the morning, Parker takes the puppy home overnight. But when no one comes to get the dog, Parker convinces his wife, Cate (Joan Allen), to welcome him as part of the family. He dubs the puppy Hachiko—Hachi, for short—because of the Japanese symbol for good luck that’s hanging from his collar. Hachi is a somewhat peculiar dog that refuses to learn to fetch or master other people-pleasing tricks, but he is a faithful companion and friend to Parker, alerting him of potential dangers and accompanying him to the train station each morning and meeting him there after his return trip each evening. An unforeseen event will continually test Hachi’s devotion. This film is neither overwrought nor sappy; it is heartfelt and immensely powerful despite its tendency to drag in a few places. Prepare to be moved to tears by this beautiful, seemingly simple film—it’s about so much more than just the relationship between a man and his dog. —Tami Horiuchi, Amazon.com Review
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"Hachi: A Dog's Tale" teacher review
This movie is a remake of the Japanese film “Hachiko Monogatari.” The film is based on the true story of Hachiko, an Akita dog who is remembered in Japan for his incredible loyalty to his master. Hachi waits faithfully at the train station for his owner day after day, even after his owner has died and can not come back to meet him. He became famous for his loyalty and was adored by many people. It is easy for adults and kids alike to connect with the characters and become completely engrossed in this heart-warming film. I love to coordinate books with movies in my classroom. I can’t wait to accompany this movie with a read-aloud book based also based on the original Hachiko story. There are some very good life lessons that can be taught through this story about kindness, relationships, loyalty, and love.
A true test of Faithfulness
Hachi- A Dog's Tale was a very moving video. I think it would fit well at the end of my teaching unit to show how people in other lands cherish pets like we do. The movie tells about a faithful dog that waits at the train station every day for his master. As time goes on, the people notice the love of the man for the dog, and the love of the dog for the man. One day when the man does not arrive home because he has died, the dog still waits, day after day. Because of the dog's faithfulness, the area townspeople decide to erect a statue of the dog at the train station. It is still there today.