Hachiko: A Dog’s Story – Review

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In my previous entry, I have stated that I want to see a sad movie that can make me cry. I’ve watch one and it was a really good one. I bought the DVD last Saturday and I watch it with my wife yesterday.

The title is Hachiko: A Dog’s Story.

I don’t want to say more. At the final end of the movie, tears slowly emerged from my eyes and I cried silently, not wanting my wife to notice my outburst. It was such a sad emotional movie of a very loyal dog who waited his owner who died. If I review more, it will spoil your mood later.

After the movie, I still cry heavily for 20 minutes and my wife was very surprise!!! She won’t allow me to watch any sad movie after this. Then I read the review from IMDB site and I learned that I’m not the only one who cried.

I think more man cried then women…

Do yourself a favour. Get the DVD and watch it with your family and do not read the synopsis. Just watch it.

Here are some selected reviews that I took from IMDB site of Hachiko: A Dog’s Story.

Be sure to take tissues!, 16 August 2009

Author: lectrolux from Tokyo, Japan

Well, I just came back from seeing this in Shinjuku earlier and I can honestly say that I have NEVER seen so many people crying at the end of a movie…. it really is a sad story.

However, it’s also a heartwarming tale of loyalty, about how people and dogs are more than just friends and, I guess most of all, about how a dog’s love for its master never fades – even after his/her death!

Richard Gere was fantastic in this movie, he bonded really well with the dog and it never felt like watching an actor at all – it genuinely seemed to be a movie with his own dog!

I highly recommend this to people of all ages. There are enough bits to laugh at (seeing Richard Gere teaching his dog to play ‘fetch’ was brilliant!) and the story is portrayed really well (even if there were some changes made to the original Japanese tale)


Here is another one…

So Touching and Real!, 17 August 2009

I just saw this movie today, and I’m so glad I did.

It is based on a true story and it’s only natural that the movie is great because the real story itself is very touching. One of the things that sets this movie apart from the other movies that involve animals is how they stuck to reality instead of throwing in some a-little-hard-to-believe elements here and there just to make it more entertaining.

Sometimes they show things through Hachi’s eyes as opposed to human eyes, which helps you relate to him and understand how he felt and what he thought then, as well as emphasizes that Hachi is the main character of the movie.

This is not just a kids’ movie. In the end everyone including myself was crying because we were so moved. It is a must-see.

Here are more reviews:

Enough to make a grown man cry!, 23 August 2009
Author: JapanGaijin from Japan

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Hachi is a movie based on the true story about a dog in Japan, Hachiko, who would wait at the train station every day for his owner to arrive even after the owner passed away.

I have never seen the original Japanese version of the movie but know the story well as I have been told by many people here in Japan. There is a statue of Hachiko that stands outside of Shibuya Station in Tokyo. Now the statue is the most popular place for Tokyoites to meet their friends before going out shopping or dining in Shibuya.

Unlike other Japanese remakes, this movie actually gives credit to the original story so that you don’t get the sense that Hollywood wants to call it its own. All actors/actresses in the movie do a superb job in making you feel as if you were a part of the community embracing the dog. Compared to the original story, people were more accepting of Hachi rather than considering him a nuisance. Of course this is going to be released in the U.S. as a holiday movie so the goal is to make it uplifting.

Just a warning, do take many tissues. I am a grown man and can honestly say that I have never really cried during a movie. I think the score of the movie plus the dog being so adorable made me lose myself. When I looked around the theater though, every single person was crying and I saw a lot of red eyes as I left the Men’s restroom. Any movie that can make me do that deserves a 10/10.


And another one…

Extremely Emotional, 2 February 2010
Author: surfer-lancealot from United Kingdom

Well what can i say. I’m a guy i don’t cry about movies i know its fake but i gotta say this one caught me by surprise even tho id watched the trailer and read a few reviews already. by the end of the movie i was in tears absolutely broken down crying my eyes out. and saying that i probably haven’t shed a tear in about 8 years for anything but i love dogs and this is the most amazing story I’ve ever seen this is probably the best movie I’ve seen in about 10 years and i have seen almost everything.

as u can prob tell i would advise everyone to see this and stop and think for a moment if we all cared for each other like we know we should like this movie teaches us wouldn’t the world be a better place?

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19 Responses

  1. adamfaiz says:

    Is this a remake movie? Because I think I saw one movie of a dog that waits for its owner at the railway station until it dies. A statue was then built there in memory of the dog..To err is human, so does crying…

  2. rohaizad says:

    You have the DVD?
    Don’t mind to lend it to me?

  3. green says:

    definitely will watch this movie with my brothers and father together..

    and i wont forget to roll my videocam when they cry.
    that will be priceless.

  4. cyza says:

    Yes bro… this is the re-make of the Japan version. I never saw and never knew about the Japan version of it until I checked the internet after watching this movie to see what the review were like.

    I’m not sure whether the Japanese version is as good as this one or not.

  5. cyza says:

    Yes, I just borrow it to my colleague. Maybe after he return it back to me, I’ll borrow it to you… No problem…Sharing is caring.

  6. cyza says:

    Wow… that would be very priceless. But you too need to be strong so that you can capture that wonderful touching moment… 😉

    Ngeh ngeh ngeh…

  7. nuaeman says:

    aku penah dengar cerita ni bro… dan ada juga buku motivasi yang terkandung cerita yang sama.. wah ada filem eh..

  8. cyza says:

    Yeah…go and watch bro…very touching story…

  9. boss says:

    definitely look out for this DVD.. I think I’ll love it.. I’ve saw the preview before.. about dog loyalty to his master.. cyza how many star would you give for this movie?

  10. cyza says:

    I give 5 out of 5 star…

    I don’t want to review it anymore or share with anyone… I borrowed my DVD to a friend yesterday but he did not felt anything. I assume because I already told him the entire story already. So, the moral is I’ll just ask you to see it. That’s all… You decide…

  11. azwan says:

    Can’t find the time to go and look for it yet.

  12. nuaeman says:

    Just bought and watch it.

    Luckily I’m not cried. But…

    Wait for my review.. 🙂

  13. zik says:

    warrghhh crying ….. isk.. give me some tissues..

  14. cyza says:

    Oh…try and get it this weekend from IMDB.

  15. cyza says:

    Oh I look forward for the review…your version…

  16. cyza says:

    Have you watch it?

  17. nuaeman says:

    you can read now.. 🙂

  18. cris says:

    i just watched this movie on HBO…and it made cry…..great movie…heart-warming story

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