Hachi. Get your hankies out!
“Hachi: A Dog’s Tale is a 2009 drama film. Based on the true story of a faithful Akita Inu, the titular Hachikō, it is directed by Lasse Hallström, written by Stephen P. Lindsey，Kaneto Shindo and stars Richard Gere, Joan Allen, and Sarah Roemer. The subject is a remake of the 1987 Japanese language film, Hachikō Monogatari (ハチ公物語?), literally “The Tale of Hachiko”.”[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhEHr7B1QiU%5D
Hachi is portrayed by three dogs, Chico, Layla, and Forrest
“On May 19, 2012, a ceremony took place at the train depot at Woonsocket Depot Square, Woonsocket, RI, where “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” was filmed, unveililng a permanent bronze statue of the legendary Japanese dog Hachiko. This is an exact replica of the bronze statue of Hachiko which resides in front of Shibuya Station in Japan. The train depot at One Depot Square is also now known as Hachiko Place. This statue dedication ceremony was part of the Cherry Blossom Festival held in three Rhode Island towns, Pawtucket, Central Falls, and Woonsocket. Many dignitaries, including the Mayor of Woonsocket and the Consul General of Japan attended the ceremony. Two cherry blossom trees were planted by the statue. A visiting guest, who drove up from New Jersey, brought along his Akita-mix Hachi, who was invited to participate at the ribbon-cutting ceremony as a “real-life standin for Hachiko”.”
Soundtrack by Jan A. P. Kaczmarek.[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu9vBeiW3s4%5D
“Hachikō (ハチ公?, November 10, 1923 – March 8, 1935) was an Akita dog born on a farm near the city of Ōdate, Akita Prefecture who is remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner which continued for many years after his owner’s death. Hachikō is known in Japanese as chūken Hachikō (忠犬ハチ公, “faithful dog Hachikō”) — hachi meaning eight, the number referring to the dog’s birth order in the litter, and a suffix kō meaning affection.”[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSkgXhHbCSw%5D
I’m not crying… just something in my eyes…