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Monday, November 15, 2010

Hachi - A Dog's Tale

As you probably know I love dogs, and the trailer for Hachi - A Dog's Tale looked like a lovely story of a man and dog who found each other. That part was good, however, the ending was sad and I was still hugging both my dogs and bawling an hour after it ended. Even Richard Geer said he cried like a baby after reading the script. The film is based on a true story of a professor at the University of Tokyo and his Akita dog, Hachiko (meaning 8). In 1924, when the professor returned from his work  at the University, the dog met him at the train station. This continued each day until the professor died suddenly. Hachiko showed up at the station the same time every day (this is the sad part) for nine years. Commuters who had known the professor fed Hachi, and when he died a bronze statue was erected in that same spot. Lasse Hallstrom did an amazing job at filming the story using Akita dogs to whom training does not come easy.


Claudia said...

I think I couldn't watch it - I'm such a sap when it comes to animals. I would cry too much!

Loved The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I've read 2 out of the 3 in this series and am now on the 3rd!


Pat said...

Hey I watched the trailer. I've not heard of this story. Must see! Thanks for telling us. Hugs

Anonymous said...

I've had the DVD of this in my room for months. I'm terrified of watching it, yet I desperately want to. My brothers cried overnight when they watched it.

I'm hunting the original movie. Maybe I will watch the movie finally when i have both the original and the English version.