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Hachiko: A Dog’s Story

March 11, 2010

Director: Lasse Hallström 
Writers: Stephen P. Lindsey
Producers: Richard Gere/Bill Johnson/Vicki Shigekuni Wong 
Starring: Richard Gere/Joan Allen/Sarah Roemer/Erick Avari/Jason Alexander
Country: US
BBFC Certification: U
Duration: 104 minutes

Hachiko: A Dog’s Story is a true story about an owner of a Japanese Akita dog famous in Japan for being loyal and faithful. Now, the story is shared all over the world. A college professor takes in an abandoned dog, Hachi, and they form an unbreakable bond. After the professor dies while away from home, the dog keeps vigil waiting for his master hoping that one day, he will return. Hachiko: A Dog’s Story is one of the best movies I have seen so far in 2010. The plot and story is so moving and heart-warming and sends a positive, strong message about loyalty and friendship. There is no faults where the acting is concerned and Richard Gere gives out a terrific performance as Hachiko’s master.

Hachiko: A Dog’s Story is directed superbly and the timing for the movie is marvellous, the movie didn’t feel long or short and the ending was brilliant. The music added so much emotion to the scenes filmed even though the movie was emotional enough without it. The only fault I have with the movie is the characters. While the characters are loveable, you didn’t know enough about them which made them a little underused. However, that could have been intentional to show the audience the loyalty and love between Hachiko and his master.

I would recommend this to everybody as this one will tug your heartstrings and make you cry. This is one movie no-one should miss, this isn’t your normal dog story, this is one story you won’t forget in a hurry. Hachiko: A Dog’s Story is a fantastic story about a man and his dog and shows us a message about loyalty, love and friendship. Gripping from start to finish, everyone would want Hachiko!


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