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A Dog's Tale

(DVD - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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The heartwarming true story of a loyal dog named Hachiko. This very special friend would accompany his master to the train station everyday and return each afternoon to greet him after work. Even after his master passed away, he continued to return to the same spot at the station every day for the next nine years to wait for his beloved master. During his daily visits he touched many lives and taught the local people about love, compassion, and above all unyielding loyalty.


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Nov 18, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Hachi is a true story of a dog and the family that owns him. Other than that, don't let someone spoil this movie for you. Hachi is the star and you won't forget him once you've seen the film. I am so glad that a true story like this made the screen and can be watched by the entire family. The loyalty and bond between a dog and his owner is something very special. It truly is a love that cannot be broken!
P.S. Thanks to mtigadi who on November 11, 2014 left so much great information about "Hachi". It will now make watching the movie even more meaningful. Great Job!!

Nov 11, 2014
  • mtigadi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great story. Very touching and emotional. Stars the popular Richard Gere, but the real stars are the Akita dogs (named Chico, Leyla and Forrest) that play the role of Hachi, and the Shiba Inu puppies that play Hachi as a puppy. The background score by Jan Kaczmarek is mesmerizing. The last five minutes are magical and tragic, heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. I recommend this film for the whole family. But because of the tragic ending, I would rate this movie a "PG" rather than a "G".


You can now see a beautiful statue of Hachi at the train station where
the movie was filmed - at 1 Depot Square, Woonsocket, RI 02895
(about 50 miles south-west of Boston). It is an exact replica of the
Hachiko statue in front of Shibuya train station in Japan.

See Google maps street view at

See this map for tourist info -

To view pictures of many of the locations where the movie was filmed, please visit: and click on "March 2014" (under "Archives")

Also check out the Facebook page - for more info.

Oct 27, 2014
  • madison382 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This movie is so sad, it had me in tears.

Feb 02, 2014
  • hania4987 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

you're going to need many hankies for this one ... it's a very quiet and mesmerizing story

Nov 04, 2013
  • JeanieG rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Just OK. A little to sappy and teary for my taste and no real story except the dog showing up in the same place. No real building of characters and story. Was Richard Gere having trouble getting parts? Could have done better to make it a kids story.

Oct 05, 2013
  • SusieQ856 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Lovely story, very touching - really enjoyed it - children would also enjoy this one. Could watch this again!!!!

Sep 10, 2013
  • teddypawz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I am a dog lover. This touched my heart but didn't quite bring tears to my eyes like "Homeward Bound".

A great movie for the family. Started crying halfway through and couldn't stop.

Jul 27, 2013
  • texasbooks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Hachi was a wondeful movie altho sad in the end. But Richard gere is a wonderful actor and I like to watch his movies anytime. Seems to get better as he ages. Love that grey hair alot. He brings such character to all his movies.

Jul 15, 2013
  • callmeprincess rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Inspired by real-life events, the movie Hachi: A Dog's Tale touched the hearts of millions, and probably made many tissue companies happy. Directed by Lasse Hallström, and starring Richard Gere, Joan Allen, and Sarah Roemer, the story is set in a quiet New England town in the 1990s. When I first started to watch this movie I thought the most it would do was to generate an "aww", was I surprised when I found myself bawling and crying my heart out! This movie is not just about the bonds between a human and a dog, it shows that loyalty is something that can withstands time, that can last forever and still tastes so sweet.
This drama is based on the 1987 Japanese film Hachiko Monogatari, and also a true story. It all began with a little boy telling his class why his grand-father's dog, Hachi, is his hero. Going back in time, the story unravels itself. A college professor (played by Richard Gere) found a lost puppy and tried to give it a home, finally his home became their home. As the bonds grow between the man and the dog, everyone saw just how special that connection is. They say a dog is a men's best friend, this movie proven it right. A true friendship takes patient and time to build, it's understanding even if no words are spoken, it knows no limit, and it can conquer anything and everything. During his happiest times, his faithful dog Hachi was there with him, even when the world falls apart he has his dog to count on. Everyday Hachi would wait by the train station for his master, everyday, no matter what... This is a story between a man and his dog that moves the souls of the entire town, it teaches an important lesson that regardless of what they are, a loyal friend will be the one that's by your side till the very end.
There were still tears in my eyes when the movie had ended and fifteen minutes had passed. Why? Because I was amazed by how determined Hachi was, and how strong bonds can be. I've always thought that things come and go, and there's nothing that will be with you forever...That day I've learned something from a dog. Hachi was willing to do anything for his friend, he was motivated to follow his master to the end, and endure whatever in the process of doing that. And the most heartwarming thing is, he never looked back. He was satisfied just to be loyal to his friend. The movie is simply a work of art. The acting was great and all actors were in harmony with their characters, especially the dog, he honestly was the real Hachi! The music came in on all the right moments, and the filming techniques produced quite a beautiful picture throughout the film. The title was straightforward yet descriptive. The movie is about the tale of a dog called Hachi, so what's a better name than Hachi: A Dog's Tale ."Hachi", was originally a Japanese word for "eight", and eight represent lucky, was it the lucky man who found the dog, or was it the lucky dog that found the man? Hachi was a perfect name for the dog, and a perfect title for the movie. I do have to admit the first part of the movie wasn't very attention grabbing at all, but the end is truly tear-jerking and the effect was long lasting. I loved it, and unless you're made of stone, you will too!

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Feb 21, 2014
  • mtigadi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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May 05, 2012
  • CelineDionJohn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jan 25, 2011
  • Ms_Fitz rated this: 4 stars out of 5.
May 12, 2010
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Hachi is originally a true Japanese story. A dog named Hachi goes to the station which his owner takes a train every morning to go to work and meets him at the time he comes back from work at the station. Hachi was always with his owner on a way to station and home. However, one day, the owner suddenly died of heart attack during his work. While his family cry for his death, Hachi didn't understand why he didn't come back to the station from work. Hachi waited for him at the time he used to arrive at the station every day. When Hachi finally met his owner there, more than 10 years had passed. In fact, after Hachi's death, people built a statue of Hachi at the station, Shibuya in Japan for his royalty.

Jun 25, 2012
  • Ira_Elias rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great movie for the family...a man finds a loney dog in the train station and decides to raise him as part of the family...the dog is not only beautiful but very faithful...he waits for the owner everyday, at the train station, to return home, until one day, when he does not...extremley sad...

May 05, 2012
  • CelineDionJohn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An owner of a dog named, Hachi who travels out of town each day, expects a visit at the train station from Hachi and goes with him to the train station every morning. So then the owner dies and the family who owns Hachi moves toa different town and Hachi still tries to go to the train station


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Jan 25, 2011
  • Ms_Fitz rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Jan 25, 2011
  • Ms_Fitz rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Jan 25, 2011
  • Ms_Fitz rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jun 25, 2012
  • Ira_Elias rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Hachi, come on boy...go home...I promise I will be back later and we will play catch"

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