Friday, November 5, 2010

Review Of : Hachiko : A Dog's Story

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I had just watched Hachiko : A Dog's Story or Hachi : A Dog's Tale. 
It has a very simple storyline yet very touching & heart-warming story .

The story is an adaptation of a true story about a loyalty of a dog to his master..

Hachiko's  loyalty to his master by waiting for him every evening at the train station eventhough his master was deceased for 9 years..

The true story as of Wikipedia : 

In 1924, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo took in Hachikō as a pet. During his owner's life Hachikō greeted him at the end of the day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when Professor Ueno did not return. The professor had suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and died, never returning to the train station where his friend was waiting. Every day for the next nine years Hachikō waited at Shibuya station.

Hachikō was given away after his master's death, but he routinely escaped, returning again and again to his old home. Eventually, Hachikō apparently realized that Professor Ueno no longer lived at the house. So he went to look for his master at the train station where he had accompanied him so many times before. Each day, Hachikō waited for the return of his owner.

The permanent fixture at the train station that was Hachikō attracted the attention of other commuters. Many of the people who frequented the Shibuya train station had seen Hachikō and Professor Ueno together each day. They brought Hachikō treats and food to nourish him during his wait.

This continued for nine years with Hachikō appearing precisely when the train was due at the station.

Movie Adaptation Synopsis : 

This heartwarming film is an American adaptation of a famous Japanese tale about a loyal Akita dog named Hachiko.

This special dog, nicknamed "Hachi," accompanies his master Parker (Richard Gere), a university professor, to the train station every morning to see him off and then returns to the station each afternoon to greet him at the end of his day. The emotionally complex nature of what unfolds when their uncomplicated routine becomes interrupted is what makes Hachi's story a tale for the ages; a dog's faithful devotion to his master exposes the great power of love and how this simplest of acts can become the grandest gesture of all.

(Source: Golden Screen Cinemas Sdn. Bhd.) 

 In remembrance of Hachiko , they made a statue of Hachiko after his death at Shibuya Station.. ( below)

My Rating?

Plot : 3.5/5
Storyline : 3/5
Scoring* : 4/5
OVERALL : 8/10.

I would recommend you to watch if you like a touching, story with a simple meaning of the story behind it...

1 comment:

Iriene said...

Yes, it is a very touching movie.
Hopefully I can visit Shibuya Station in Japan to see Hachiko's statue :) Want to join me????

Movie Rating Guide. :)

Lately, I've changed my movie ratings a little. (:

Plot :

is the flow & structural plot of the movie itself.

Storyline :

the overall idea & the concept of the movie.


The character's overall acting & character built-up in the movie. Or for animation, the voices & character built-up too.

Effects* :

The visual effects, 3D effects, movie scores/music, graphics, animation of a movie respective to it's genre.

SO, there it is. Thanks! :)