Hachi: A Dogs Tale

Theatrical Release: December 18, 2009
DVD Release: March 9, 2010
Hachi: A Dogs Tale


Based on a true story, “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” is Academy Award(R) Nominee Lasse Hallstrom’s modern re-imaging of one of the most treasured, heartwarming and inspirational stories. Richard Gere (Pretty Woman), stars as a college professor who develops an unbreakable bond with an abandoned dog. As their friendship grows deeper, the two set off on an unforgettable journey embodying the true spirit of family, loyalty and they inspire the hearts of an entire town. Also starring Academy Award(R) Nominee Joan Allen and Jason Alexander.

Dove Review

Who doesn’t fall in love with a cute and cuddly puppy? Especially one that is all alone at a train station. Our story starts out with a young boy giving a speech to his class about his hero. His choice for his topic is his grandfather’s dog, Hachi.

Parker Wilson is a professor and takes the train everyday. One day as he returns he finds this small puppy and takes him home. No one ever clams the lovable pup. Parker and Hachi (a name that was derived from a Chinese symbol from a tag that he wore) became inseparable. Hachi followed Parker to the train station every day no matter how much his master tried to make the dog stay. Then one day Parker became ill and never returned. But the loyalty Hachi had for Parker stays with this dog for years. Day after day he returned to the train station to wait and along the way instill love, compassion and loyalty to all who came in contact with him at the station.

Based on a true story, this film is a heartwarming while heart-breaking story of loyalty. I must warn you that you will want to have the Kleenex ready for this one. We award this movie the Dove”Family-Approved” Seal for all ages.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Married couple in bed together; couple kissing.
Language: none
Violence: None.
Drugs: Couple drinking wine; man having a beer.
Nudity: None
Other: Man dies of heart attack; dog dies of old age; man lies about finding the dog.


Company: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director: Lasse Hallstrom
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 92 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe