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Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)




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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, Rovimore
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Stephen P. Lindsay, Kaneto Shindō, Stephen Lindsey
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 9, 2010
Inferno Entertainment - Official Site


Richard Gere
as Parker Wilson
Joan Allen
as Cate Wilson
Sarah Roemer
as Andy Wilson
Erick Avari
as Jasjeet
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Critic Reviews for Hachi: A Dog's Tale

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (3)

Pic's main problem is that its human story lacks drama; Hachi's the central attraction.

Full Review… | April 29, 2010
Top Critic

Sensitively directed and rarely over-sentimental, this touching parable will likely ravish the emotions of dog lovers.

Full Review… | March 15, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Even the manliest moviegoer likes to have a good cry from time to time.

Full Review… | March 11, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Dramatic story of a dog's devotion is emotionally intense.

Full Review… | December 19, 2010
Common Sense Media

An unapologetic tear-jerker. You might resent being emotionally manipulated by this film, but I challenge even the most hard-hearted moviegoer not to spill some saltwater while watching it.

Full Review… | October 17, 2010
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

An immensely appealing drama about the extraordinary love and devotion of a dog for his beloved human companion.

Full Review… | March 20, 2010
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Hachi: A Dog's Tale

Actually better than I expected. I don't really like Richard Gere, and Joan Allen's pillow face was distracting, but the dog is a real star and directed in a way that made you see through his eyes. Was very sad at the end, though.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


A great family film but real tear jerker. If your a animal lover or have a dog you will cry your eyes out on this movie. About a dog who is faithful to his master even after his death. A must see, no tissues, you will need paper towels. 5 Stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


This wonderful family film is one of the most treasured and heartwarming true stories ever told. In this story grows deeper, a beautiful friendship of a dog and his master unfolds embodying the true spirt of family and loyalty, while inspiring the hearts of an entire town. Beautifully shot and edited. At the end of the movie, I was in tears absolutely broken down crying my eyes out because I really love dogs.
Richard Gere makes fantastic performance, he bonds really well with the dog and it never feel like watching an actor at all - it genuinely seems to be a movie with his own dog!
This film generally adheres to the actual true story of a golden brown Akita dog in Japan in 1924. Highly recommendation!
Remade of Japanese's 1987 movie, Hachiko Monogatari (aka The Tale of Hachiko).

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Hachi: A Dog's Tale Quotes

Cate Wilson: It's been a while.
Ken: It certainly has.
Cate Wilson: It's ten years. Can you believe it?
– Submitted by Sira S (23 months ago)
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.
– Submitted by Thet M (4 years ago)
Ken: Ronnie - 11 years: Where did Grandpa find Hachi?
Cate Wilson: Ronnie, actually, Hachi found your grandfather.
– Submitted by Anshul V (4 years ago)
Carl: Look, you don't have to wait anymore. He's not coming back.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)

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