Hachi: A Dog's Tale

Movie review by Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Dramatic story of a dog's devotion is emotionally intense.

G 2010 93 minutes

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Based on 29 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 39 reviews

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age 8+

We started with a simple hello and ended with a complicated goodbye

The first half of the Hachi movie is happy to watch but the second half of the Hachi movie is sad which made me emotional at times. What a loyal, loving and devoted dog Hachi was to his owner. After the death of Hachi owner, the family should have tried harder to build a relationship with Hachi to get his love and devotion. The wife of the owner supposedly went back to Subuya station 10 years later and saw Hachi sitting there looking old and still waiting. She could have taken Hachi with her when she left Subuya station to be with Hachi for the remaining days of Hachi life. But instead, she left Hachi at Subuya station and was not concerned what would happen to Hachi. I feel her actions were very selfish and uncaring. Hachi deserved to be loved again, even if it would be for a short period of time because of the love and loyalty Hachi had for his owner. The family should have taken Hachi to the funeral service and let Hachi smell a piece of clothing and shown a photograph of his owner for possible closure for Hachi that his owner died. What I find sad as a human being is from 1925 to 1932, people at Subuya train station mistreated Hachi. It wasn't until the story of Hachi was published in the newspaper that people started to care, provide food, and give attention to Hachi. During those 7 years this could have been when Hachi became sick with cancer and worms and his condition got worse over those 7 years. There was no one really close to Hachi during those years to see or be concerned about Hachi health. Regardless, Hachi would still walk to the Subuya station each day and wait in all types of weather conditions for his deceased owner even when Hachi was getting old. I could not imagine how much pain and loneliness Hachi may have felt after his owner died. I'm so glad Hachi was honoured with a statue of him, him and his owner together. If I could go back to the time period of Hachi from 1925 to 1935, I would have given Hachi a lot of affection, provided food, companionship and a permanent home. Hachi always be remembered over the world for the loving and loyal dog he was. Rest in peace Hachi. WHAt A DOG SHOULD HAVE.

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age 2+
Incredibly beautiful and sad story. If you love animals and have a dog, it will deeply stay in your heart. Beautiful work, music makes me cry if I hear it anywhere else. I couldn't stop crying for hours after I finished watching the movie. I would create an NFT from that amazing dog in the project IguVers to keep the story alive!

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