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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Hachi- The Dog's Tale (2009)

Last week, I came across one of the blog article written on this film called "Hachi: A Dog's Tale". Yeah, I also thought the same,  like you, that how unusual is film's name.after seeing the title of this article. But, after reading that blog, I was completely attracted by the subject of the film. Immediately, I downloaded and watched it.

Film: Hachi: A Dog's Tale
Rease Date: July 2009
Director: Lasse Hallström
Screenplay: Stephen P. Lindsey
Cast: Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa 

This film tells the true story of friendship, trust, and affection of Japan's most faithful dog "Hachi". We have seen many of such films in Hollywood or any other Cinema. This film definitely stands out. The greatness of this film lies in the simplicity of a story with great execution. 

The story starts with a Japanese monk sending cute puppy of a special breed called 'Akita', through parcel to someone in the foreign country. Unfortunately, it fails to reach to intended person and gets abandoned on Bettridge Station. Apparently, the  music professor finds this little puppy on a station platform, while coming back to home, after work. Out of humanity, the professor makes a decision to keep the dog and to try and find his rightful owners with the help of his Japanese friend. But he fails to do so and keeps the dog to himself. As usual, he faces unwillingness of his wife to keep the puppy. Eventually, Hachi, with his adorable love, makes a deep bond with the professor and his family. Each morning, Hachi comes to escort professor to a railway station and come to pick up professor in evening. After years of this routine, Hachi becomes daily visiting persona to station making friendship with hot-dog seller and other shop owners on the way to Station.

But one day...

Professor gets a heart attack at work and he could not make it to home for forever. But Hachi never believes this. He waits at Railway Station each day for the professor. Which follows the heart-breaking story ahead. How many days Hachi waits for his master? I was intending to share the full story here, but I didn't want it to spoil. I request you to watch this Film once in life.

Tear some Scene of Film

I would give hats-off for the direction of the film. It must have been really hard to get dogs in a right mood for each scene. It is also a notable thing, that all the scenes from Hachi's view are monochromatic (considering dogs have monochromatic visual capacity). John Geller has portrayed his role as professor outstandingly. I had seen his only other Film i.e. "Pretty Woman" earlier. He always has a command on a role, which depicts characteristics of a decent gentleman. Joan Allen is also elegantly fit in professor's wife's role. 

Some words regarding Hero of the Film i.e. Hachiko ( The Dog). Real challenge of making the Film on this subject, is to show the dog in all the life stages (From Puppy days to the Aged days). For which director had to use three different dogs named Chico, Layla, and Forrest.

Hachi's Original Picture taken in Japan

First Film on this story had been made in the   Japanese language in 1987 (Hachiko monogatari). This was basically a true story based on Professor Ueno and Hachi.

On May 19, 2012, a bronze statue of Japanese dog Hachiko was unveiled at the train depot at Woonsocket Depot Square where "Hachi: A Dog's Tale" was filmed. This is an exact replica of the bronze statue of Hachiko which resides in front of Shibuya Station in Japan.

Statue of Hachi 
After watching this film, I have been recommending to everyone I met. and I want to continue to do so.

Note: Above article is based on Film "Hachi: The Dog's tale" and views are completely out of author's mad mind.

Source of info: http://www.imdb.com

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