Hachiko Monogatari

Hachiko Monogatari (1987)

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A puppy was born in Akita Prefecture and sent as a gift to Professor Ueno of Tokyo University. Although professor's wife does not want keep the dog. Professor Ueno loves the puppy so much and names it Hachi. Professor goes to work by railways everyday. Hachi walks to Shibuya Station with Professor each morning and greets him in the evening, no matter what the weather is. One day, Professor Ueno has a read morestroke and passed away. His family sold the house and moved to another city, but Hachi keeps visiting the house and waiting at the Shibuya station, believing his master. Based on a true story of Hidesaburo Ueno and his Akita breed dog "Hachiko."

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    Chuken Hachiko; Faithful Dog Hachiko; The Tale of Hachiko; Hachi-ko

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Jun 28, 2015
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
First and for most I want to highlight that this review is addressed in regards to the dog (HACHI) and not the actors. This is because i hardly acknowledged their parts, especially whenever Hachi was in the scene - I was totally mesmerised. From beginning to end I was not disappointed with the development of the movie. I mean they even show Hachi’s actual birth (or a dog that looks like him); read more clever introduction to the concept of capturing his entire life. The bond that develops between Hachi and his master Professor Ueno is so visible from the moment they meet that you cannot help but yearn and hope for a bond so pure of love. Professor Ueno treatment of Hachi with overwhelming love and Hachi’s replications of it by serving and loving him dearly so well portrayed by the movie. If only dogs could understand how great of an actor they were because the dog or dogs used in this movie were outstanding. Especially the older one - the funeral scene mixed with the tears of the wife, I myself got teary eyed watching and hearing Hachi’s mourning cry.

I figure that it may have taken a lot of takes to get the dogs to react the way they guided them to. Whoever held this responsibility truly had an eye for dog capability and behaviour because the end product is so amazing and captivating of their emotions that as a viewer you left feeling human emotions towards Hachi.

LIKED: I greatly enjoyed the scenes that involved Hachi and the professor, even those at his funeral.
DISLIKED: I would have liked if Hachi’s story was portrayed exactly as want had happened to the real dog because after doing my own research of how Hachi really lived. The untold parts would have made this movie even more outstanding

If you are looking for a good family or HEARTWARMING movie Hocahiko Monogatari will not disappoint unless you are not a dog fan. You should also watch this movie if you enjoy genres such as TRUE STORIES - ADMIRATION – FAMILY – LOYALTY – LEGEND – TRAGEDY – FAITHFULNESS – DOGS – MAN’S BESTFRIEND – AKITA DOG BREED – MELODRAMA – SADNESS – FAITHFULNESS – LOVE – GREAT ACTING DIRECTION.
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11 people found this review helpful
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Jul 24, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
This movie will touch your heart. And after this movie you will hug your cute pet (even when you don't have a dog).
Its so hard for me to review this movie, because you just need to watch this to understand. This is a real tearjerker and many more emotions you'll feel.
I really felt tired when I watched this movie because so many emotions where involved!

The actors & afcourse the read more dog were great, the story is amazing and is makes it more special because it really happened. The music made some scenes even more sad.

Def. rewatch and you'll have to see it to understand my review :)!
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    TinaSanders 6 days ago

    So sweet)

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    Revalina Mariana May 22, 2017

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    Mica Nov 20, 2016 - edited

    I haven't seen the movie yet, but OMG NOW IT ALL MAKES SENSE! When I was in Tokyo, my friend insisted we take a picture in front of this dog statue and kept trying to explain the relevance to me. But I didn't get it because she wasn't fluent in English and I wasn't fluent in her native language. Just reading the plot made me understand the importance of that dog statue!
    Cute story~ Will definitely give the movie a watch! :D

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    Silver_Sylphy Nov 5, 2016 - edited

    O. Wow. Just wow. Any animal lover should watch this.
    It runs just like the only episode of a TV show I could never bear to re-watch: Futurama's Jurassic Bark.
    What makes this even more emotional is that it was totally real.

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    Samoyed Oct 30, 2016

    I love dogs too much; this killed me.

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    H1kikomori Jun 26, 2015

    after just reading the plot summary above, i prepare myself for the tears coz i know my love for dogs runs deeeeep

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    sanadonghae Mar 17, 2015

    wooow this movie was released 15 days before I was born I better watch it *_*

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    noukster Aug 16, 2014

    I can't bear to watch this, I just love animals too much to watch them in pain. I cried while watching the trailer. I've heard from this movie a long time ago, and I decided to not watch it.

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    sailorgirl Feb 2, 2014

    I don't know if I will watch this "hachi" made me cry too much! i guess this is the first movie. I still want to see it though. most be mentally and emotionally prepared first.

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    NihonFan Jul 19, 2013

    I really want to watch it but I couldn't find it anywhere with english subtitles :(( any help ? *__*

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    nessa Jul 14, 2013

    I never cried this much during a movie D: It's so sad... ;____; Hachi.. </3

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    kimwoobinEunNekkoya Jun 25, 2013

    this sh got me crying like crazy D:

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    sailorgirl Jun 22, 2013

    I feel like crying when I think of Hachi in the American version, but will try to watch this one someday.

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    realdeal May 27, 2013

    NAKADAI > richard gere......

    I can imagine a dog waiting for tatsuya nakadai....but no richard gere...LOL

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    Baekachu May 27, 2013

    omg omg omg i can't.....this movie literally ripped my heart out ;_________;


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    Aug 1, 1987
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    1 hr. 47 min.


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