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Hachi: A Dog's Tale

A moving tale about extraordinary devotion

Hachi, now available on DVD, is an immensely moving tale about the extraordinary devotion of a dog to his beloved human companion.

Richard Gere plays Parker  Wilson, a The screenplay, set in Rhode Island, is based on a 1987 Japanese movie that re-created one of the most loved stories in that country's history.

A professor (Richard Gere) finds an Akita puppy at a train station. Over the years the two bond deeply and are inseparable companions, except when the professor goes to work. Hachi walks with him to the station in the morning, then returns at night to meet his train. But one night the professor doesn't return. He has had a stroke at the university and died. Hachi returns to the place where he last saw his friend every night for 10 years, showing everyone in the community the meaning of loyalty.

The real Hachi lived in the 1920s and a bronze statue of him sits in the Toyko train station where he waited for his companion. His story is told to Japanese children as an example of family bonds and the importance of never forgetting someone you have loved. This film will bring tears to your eyes and admiration to your heart (Sony Pictures Home Entertanment, G).


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