|Fig 1 - Hachi: A Dog's Tale Poster|
Directed by Lasse Hallström, the film starts off by following Hachi on his journey as 'luggage' right the way from Japan to the United States, where he eventually breaks out of his cage at a train station and stumbles into the hands of Parker (Richard Gere), who is unable to find the dog's owner and thus takes him home to his wife and daughter. Initially his wife Cate (Joan Allen) is reluctant to keep the dog, but since Parker and Hachi have become inseparable, she allows the dog to stay. From here on out I'd pretty much be spoiling the film, but you can make your own guess as to what happens to whom and it's likely going to be right...
|Fig 2 - Hachi: A Dog's Tale - Parker and Hachi|
For the most part, although it is clearly a children's film, I was waiting for something, anything, to happen. But even when momentarily something appears to be amiss, the film alleviates the situation five seconds later to confirm that yes, don't worry, we're still playing it extra safe. I struggle to think of another film, let alone a children's film, that plays out so inoffensively. Hachi: A Dog's Tale will likely win over dog-lovers with it's grotesquely sentimental gush, but to the majority I would tell you - you're barking up the wrong tree...
Fig. 1 Hachi: A Dog's Tale Poster (2009) From: Hachi: A Dog's Tale - Directed by: Lasse Hallström
Fig. 2 Hachi: A Dog's Tale Screenshot (2009) From: Hachi: A Dog's Tale - Directed by: Lasse Hallström