The story of a dog that stayed true to its master even after he died, because Hachi never gave up thinking his master would come back one day. Such a simple story, which is based on the true story of a businessman and his dog in Japan in the first quarter of the 20th century. Is this movie worth your time?
Without trying to give too much away, even though it’s a very straight forward plotline and a very well known story. I kinda regret writing myself into a corner like this, because there isn’t really much to tell about the story than what I have already divulged in the opening line. You won’t be gripped by plot twists, you won’t be cheering or hoping the characters are going to make it. This story is so naked and so simple it becomes incredibly powerful, but also because of the way events go by.
At the beginning of the movie, you have a main character and you have the dog, but a dog can’t really shoulder the burden of a whole movie and make it unforgettable, or so I thought! Hachi is one of the single most impressive non-human characters in a movie I have ever seen. I was afraid that the dog would not be able to portray the range of emotions, but a great cast of actors and great cinematography helps keep everything exactly where it needs to be in the movie.
I am deeply impressed and incredibly moved by the story of Hachi. It is both heart warming in the beginning of the movie and I will admit that I shed a tear or 2 during sequences of the movie. If you’re watching it with your girlfriend and you’re both snuggled up nice and warm while watching it, it will be a great success. It is a movie with such a pure story concerning a dog with the most noble and most steadfast determination I have come across. Richard Gere is a good actor, but the dog that portrays Hachi does equally well with it’s solemn stare and great trainers. I whole heartedly recommend this movie, if you’re able to watch a movie about a lifelong commitment and why dogs are called Man’s best friend. It has never been truer than in this movie.