“Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” tells the true story of an abandoned dog who selects his own master at a train station. Richard Gere plays the role of Professor Parker Wilson. As the story is told, Parker finds an abandoned pup at the train station in Bedridge. Parker’s intent is to take the pup home until he can find the owner.
Parker has a very distinctive looking and wise friend in Ken played by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. While discussing the pup with Ken, he reads and studies the look and depth of the pup. In his wisdom, Ken tells Parker the pup is an Akita. Parker names him “Hachiiko.”
No one claims Hachi which is really what Parker wants as he has comes to love Hachi. Their relationship has grown to a loyalty beyond imagination. Hachi follows Parker to the station daily and then returns just moments each evening before the train returns.
During the movie, scenes flash back and forth between playful antics of Parker and Hachi to Parker’s wife, Cate played by Joan Allen, and Hachi spending a few ‘deep’ moments together as Cate prunes her plants and manicures the lawn.
Parker and Hachi forge on through life never letting a moment go by that they can share together. One day, Parker does not return on the evening train. Hachi waits and waits. Finally, Parker’s daughter Andy played by Sarah Roemer, arrives to take Hachi home. The inevitable has occurred and Parker is gone.
Hachi continues to return to the train station daily waiting and expecting Parker to return. He waits morning and evening. Life goes on for the family after the tragic event of Parker’s demise. However, Hachi is determined to wait, eagerly anticipating Parker’s return.
The movie has an amazingly sad yet, absolutely beautiful ending. A tear-jerker to say the least. When first seeing this movie, I had not lost a sibling. Soon after, I lost my sister. It is now much to hard to watch.
Spoiler Alert: “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” is said to be based on a ‘True’ story told of an American Adaptation of a Japanese tale. According to records, the dogs name was Hachiko. Hachiko would always tag along to the Shibuya Train Station daily. When His master passed, he still remained loyal to his visits waiting for his return until the day he died. When Hachiko died, a bronze status was made and placed at the very spot Hachiko would wait in his honor. The statue is said to remain there today as a reminder of the love, loyalty and devotion animals have for their masters.
Richard Gere – Parker Wilson
Joan Allen – Cate Wilson
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa – Ken
Sarah Roemer – Andy