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Directed by Lasse Hallstrom
Written by Stephen Lindsey
Actors Richard GereJoan AllenSarah RoemerJason Alexander
Genre Drama
Year 2008
MPAA Rating G

Hachiko: A Dog's Tale is a true and remarkable story of an Akita born in Japan in 1923 who, two years after his master's sudden death, returned to the Shibuya Train Station in Toyko each and every night for the next nine years, until his death, waiting for his owner to return.

This is a "must-see" movie for all dog lovers.

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Loyalty Worthy of National Recognition

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Reviewed by Dr. Greg
December 10, 2010
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Hachiko: A Dog's Tale is a story about unflinching loyalty and devotion. Perhaps one could also think of it as a love story of sorts.

The real Hachiko was born in 1923 and was owned by a university professor, Eizaburo Ueno, to whom he was completely devoted. Every morning for two years, Hachiko would walk to Shibuya station with the professor and then return in the evening to pick him up.

Professor Ueno died suddenly while at work and every day, for the rest of his life, Hachiko searched the Shibuya train station, waiting patiently for his friend. Despite several attempts on the part of others to adopt him, Hachiko would soon flee and return to Shibuya to wait.

Hachiko became renowned nationwide for his loyalty, praised in Japanese school textbooks and hailed in at least two major films. A life-size statue was erected in 1934 (see photo), when Hachiko was still alive and hanging around the station. Japan went into mourning when Hachiko died in 1935, under the care of five leading doctors. His body was then stuffed and put in the National Museum.

From what I was able to garner off the Internet after watching the movie, Akitas are well-known for this kind of loyalty and devotion.

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Good Points This is both an uplifting and heartbreaking story of a dog's love for and devotion to his owner. The trainer of the various Akitas used in this film should win some sort of award for the performance of the animals as they alone are what make this movie worth watching--that and the fact the viewer knows this is a true story.
Bad Points Richard Gere does "warm and endearing" as convincingly as Mike Tyson would be expected to. He is terribly miscast but, nevertheless, manages not to destroy this heartwarming story.

You'll need at least one full box of Kleenex to get through this. Despite the "G" rating, may be too sad for very young viewers and those who are otherwise already depressed.
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