Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 26
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Based on the 1987 Japanese film Hachiko Monogatari, as well as on a true story, Hachi: A Dog's Tale stars Richard Gere as a college professor who finds an abandoned dog and takes the poor lost animal in. The film follows the two as the man and animal soon form a strong and unexplainable bond. Joan Allen co-stars in the Inferno Entertainment production. ~ Cammila Albertson, Rovi
Dec 18, 2009 Wide
Mar 9, 2010
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Sensitively directed and rarely over-sentimental, this touching parable will likely ravish the emotions of dog lovers.
An immensely appealing drama about the extraordinary love and devotion of a dog for his beloved human companion.
ItÔ(TM)s an extraordinary and touching story but told with too beady an eye on the box-office for comfort - even if youÔ(TM)re a doggy person.
Lasse Hallstrom dishes up more classy mediocrity with this brazenly uncomplicated treat for dog lovers.
The subsequent tragic events are moving rather than just manipulative, while the bond between man and canine is treated with a tender gravitas that might surprise those expecting merely some doggie-themed weepie.
Come the sniffly denouement, it would take a hard heart not to be won over. Even cynics might find their noses a little wet.
In the canon of recent canine cinema, there are far worse movies than this.
Audience Reviews for Hachi: A Dog's Tale
- Ken: [talking in Japanese] It's been a year, hasn't it? I wake up sometimes in the middle of the night and think about Parker. He was a good friend. I understand how you feel. Hachi, my friend, Parker is never coming home. But if Hachiko wants to wait, then Hachiko should wait. You want to wait for him, don't you? Have a long life, Hachi.
- Ken: Ronnie - 11 years: Where did Grandpa find Hachi?
- Cate Wilson: Ronnie, actually, Hachi found your grandfather.
- Carl: Look, you don't have to wait anymore. He's not coming back.
- Parker Wilson: I'm a lot older than you but I tend to think that there's an element of music that cannot be captured. Life cannot be captured. Human heart cannot be captured. The moment of creation itself is fleeting.
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