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Hachi: A Dog's Tale 2009


A college professor (Richard Gere) provides a home for the abandoned Akita he encountered at the train station, against the wishes of his wife (Joan Allen). As a bond develops between dog and master and tragedy suddenly strikes the family, a true act of devotion is displayed by the pup. Based on a supposedly true story which played out in Japan in early 20th century, Lasse Hallstrom’s Hachi finds beauty in its simplicity without being overly cloying and gets empathetic, frankly really strong performance from Gere.

Written By: Vamsi Krishna

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  • Genre

    Drama, Family
  • Mood

    Tear-jerker, Touching, Warm
  • Starring

    Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Joan Allen, Richard Gere
  • Directed by

    Lasse Hallström
  • Written by

    Stephen P. Lindsey
  • Runtime

    93 minutes