The biggest tragedy to this story is that no one showed Hatchi the body of his dead master so that he wouldn’t have to waste the next ten years of his life hanging out at the train station.
Poor Hatchi seemed pretty bored throughout the movie which was reflected in his acting, which ranged from fluffy faced to foofy faced. Despite the obvious drawbacks of having a Japanese Akita play the lead role, his acting still managed to upstage that of the supporting cast, who seemed none too excited to be appearing in this howler of a movie.
Having said that, the film was honourable enough and was an adaptation of the original faithful Akita Hachiko, who after his master Hidesaburo Ueno died in 1925, waited at Shibuya train station every day for the next nine years.
After Hachiko died in 1934 they placed a bronze statue in honour of him at the train station, which was mentioned at the end of the movie. That ceremony would have been a worthy event to have covered, but the film instead limped out with a predictable Richard Gere/Hatchi reunited in paradise scene.
‘Hachi: A Dog’s Tale’ didn’t have the emotional intensity of other loyal animal movies to sustain a full-length feature, but on the plus side, at least Hachi’s tale had a good point to it.
A lethargic film about a grieving dog