A Dog's Tale

DVD - 2010
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The heartwarming true story of a loyal dog named Hachiko. This very special friend would accompany his master to the train station everyday and return each afternoon to greet him after work. Even after his master passed away, he continued to return to the same spot at the station every day for the next nine years to wait for his beloved master. During his daily visits he touched many lives and taught the local people about love, compassion, and above all unyielding loyalty.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2010]
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9781435980822
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.43 HAC NVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 93 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Dog's tale


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Aug 22, 2017

Directed by Lasse Hallström in 2009, this 93-minute docudrama delves into a sad yet heartwarming real story of the famous Japanese loyal dog in an American setting.
The subject is a remake of the 1987 Japanese film, Hachikō Monogatari (ハチ公物語), literally "The Tale of Hachiko".
Hachi(November 10, 1923 – March 8, 1935) was an Akita dog born on a farm near the city of Ōdate, Akita Prefecture, Japan.
He is remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, whom he waited for more than nine years after his owner's death.
Hachi is known in Japanese as chūken Hachikō (忠犬ハチ公) "faithful dog Hachikō", hachi meaning "eight" and kō meaning "affection."
During his lifetime, the dog was held up in Japanese culture as an example of loyalty and fidelity.
Well after his death, he continues to be remembered in worldwide popular culture, with statues, movies, books, and appearances in various media.
I've seen its movies so many times and heard its stories so many times, yet still it touches my heart each time I see the movie.

Oct 26, 2016

The movie Hachi is a very touching story. The plot often affects people and makes them drop a few tears. You see how much love an animal can have for its owners... how much loyalty... and how much patience. The dog Hachi was found by a family. His master took care of him well and they had a special relationship. Hachi would wait in front of the train station everyday for his master to come back from work. Unfortunately, his master died of a heart attack one day and never returned to the waiting Hachi at the train station. Hachi never left, he stayed and stayed, and a few times he was taken back to the family but Hachi decided to leave... Hachi died at the train station while "waiting" and "hoping" for his master to come home. This was a true story which happened in Japan. Absolutely beautiful, but remember to have a box of tissue with you while watching.
- @mockingbird of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Oct 20, 2016

A heartwarming tale of family an loyalty. If you are an animal lover this will definately bring a tear to your eye. Based on a true story

Sep 13, 2016

It was a great movie. I love dog movies allot. It is a great family movie. Such a loyal dog!!

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

One of my kids brought this home thinking it would be a great family movie. I was open-minded, but I'm not a dog person, so I imagined disaster. Surprisingly, this movie wasn't that bad. No, it's not a great example of film making, by any means. The character development is lacking and aspects of the plot are left hanging indefinitely, but for what it is--a heartwarming, innocent movie--it succeeds. Yeah, I got teary eyed, but that was because I got salt in my eye from the popcorn. Nothing at all to do with the dog, I swear.

Mar 26, 2016

This story does not translate well into film. Very tedious; 90 minutes of cute doggy face shots. Print would be a better medium to tell this story (which is uber touching).

real_thing Jan 15, 2016

TRUE STORY. If ur a dog lover ull love it . I cried. FAMILY FLICK

Oct 10, 2015

Very slow moving, very low energy, but extremely touching & sad - a very well done movie.

Sep 14, 2015

best movie ever

Aug 27, 2015

I was going to stop watching the movie because of the first part, but then I didn't have anything to watch so I continued. It turned out to be a very nice and touching movie! I'm glad I did watch it! Great story! Made me cry a lot!

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Sep 04, 2013

Hachi is originally a true Japanese story. A dog named Hachi goes to the station which his owner takes a train every morning to go to work and meets him at the time he comes back from work at the station. Hachi was always with his owner on a way to station and home. However, one day, the owner suddenly died of heart attack during his work. While his family cry for his death, Hachi didn't understand why he didn't come back to the station from work. Hachi waited for him at the time he used to arrive at the station every day. When Hachi finally met his owner there, more than 10 years had passed. In fact, after Hachi's death, people built a statue of Hachi at the station, Shibuya in Japan for his royalty.

Ira_Elias Jun 25, 2012

A great movie for the family...a man finds a loney dog in the train station and decides to raise him as part of the family...the dog is not only beautiful but very faithful...he waits for the owner everyday, at the train station, to return home, until one day, when he does not...extremley sad...

An owner of a dog named, Hachi who travels out of town each day, expects a visit at the train station from Hachi and goes with him to the train station every morning. So then the owner dies and the family who owns Hachi moves toa different town and Hachi still tries to go to the train station


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Ms_Fitz Jan 25, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Ms_Fitz Jan 25, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.


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Ira_Elias Jun 25, 2012

"Hachi, come on boy...go home...I promise I will be back later and we will play catch"

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