Also known as Hachiko: A Dog's Story, this extraordinary movie about an unlikely friendship was released in June 2009 and have touched many hearts including mine. Watching this film can make you a bit sad and at the same time might make you realize that there are things such as loyalty, love, and friendship -- and that all these noble feelings can come from a dog. (Writing this introduction makes me miss Yassu and Yesha, my dogs. You might want to read about them HERE).
Based on the true story of Japan's most faithful dog, this movie is an endearing tale of Hachi's life-long devotion to its owner. The story begins when college professor Parker Wilson (Richard Gere) finds an abandoned dog at the train station and out of the goodness of his heart, took the puppy home. Not succeeding in finding the dog's owner, Parker and his family finally adopted the dog. Over time, the two formed an unbreakable bond and shared adventures together. Hachi developed a habit of walking the professor to the train station every morning and in the afternoon, waits for the professor's train to arrive. Hachi devotedly waited for Parker every afternoon at the train station even ten years after his master's unexpected death. Watch this film and see for yourself how one dog's loyalty can teach all of us the true meaning of friendship and love.
Behind the Scenes
When Parker was trying to find Hachi's owner, Parker's Japanese friend translated the symbol on Hachi's collar as 'Hachi' which is Japanese for 'good fortune' and the number 8. Ken further told Parker:
"Whether you found him or he found you, who's to say? It's meant to be." Parker's wife, Cate (Joan Allen), is somehow against Hachi being taken in so it was truly touching when she told someone who's interested to adopt Hachi that, "The dog's already been taken."
Parker is mystified why Hachi won't do stuff that normal dogs do like fetching a ball. He then talks again with his Japanese friend and Ken said:
"You want a dog that fetches, you get a Collie, you get a Springer Spaniel. Akitas are not into people-pleasing. He comes to the train because he has a special connection with you. They can't be bought. If he's gonna fetch, it'll be for a very special reason."
To which Parker responds: "I'll find that reason." On that tragic day, Hachi refused to walk with Parker off to the station. Parker went alone but Hachi followed and brought him the ball. He played fetch for Parker somehow knowing it will make his master happy and that it was Parker's last day on earth.
The saddest and perhaps most touching part was when Cate saw Hachi still waiting at the train station ten years after his death. I found relief and sense of peace on a later scene where Hachi finally saw his master coming back for him.
The Movie Trailer:
Watching the trailer will tell you the whole story, but don't be discouraged to watch the film in its entirety. This compelling drama of friendship and loyalty will teach you many things that no words can ever express. The lessons are simple, yet it is amazing to discover them in the most unlikely partnership of man and dog. Even the most hard-heartened human being can find a bit of compassion for this movie, because feelings, more than words is felt through actions.
Thank you for reading! If you're a pet lover and you haven't seen this film yet, I strongly suggest you do. If you've already done so, do tell me what you think on the comments' section below. See you on my next wandering!
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*Read the story of the real life Hachikō from where this movie was based.
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*Videos were taken from YouTube.