Hachiko- A dog's story

The Main Character of the upcoming movie “Hachi”, with Richard Gere in the supporting “human” role, is a well-known breed in Japan, also not that common in the small town-dwellings, where dwarf-sized breeds like Chihuahua or Pekinese are much easier cared for.

The first Hachiko movie was shot in 1987 and named “Hachiko Monogatari”, telling the dog's story from birth to death and spiritual reunion with his master and was at that time very well received.

The coming-up movie, directed by Lasse Hallstroem and written by Stephen P. Lindsey stars beside Hachiko and Richard Gere Joan Allen and Sarah Roemer. It will be released in Japan on August 8. and in the US in October.

Richard Gere plays the professor and Hachiko is played by three different dogs in his different stages, except for his puppy-days where his part is taken actually by Shiba-dog puppies. Despite of the plot playing in the states, a Japanese Akita was used. The movie isn't that serious and deep in plot and character developing, for example the humans don't age much during the supposedly 12 years the story spans, but it is still a heartwarming story, esp. for dog lovers, the more that it is based on a true story

It thus might spur a surge in popularity of the breed (as happened shortly during the O.J Simpson trials, because he had an Akita. And it also happened with Dalmatians after “101” and pugs after “Men in Black”) and start the talk again about the differences between Japanese Akita and American Akita.

But of more concern is the fact that the Akita is not an easy dog by size/power & character and requires attention and a strong master, otherwise his bad sides might come out and make him a mean dog which might happen even easier when he is from an over-bret place. So if you are thinking about owning one of these gorgeous looking dogs, scroll down for more info about the breed!

Movie trailer

The original story

Hachiko, the real story is about a dog, Akita breed, that waits faithfully for his master at the train station even after his owner's death for 11 years. The dog was born on November 10, 1923 and died on March 8, 1935. He came to Tokyo with his master, Hidesaburo Ueno, a professor at the University of Tokyo. He would follow him in the morning from his home up to Shibuya station and wait for his return in the evening. But in May 1925 the professor suffered a fatal stroke at work and was never to return to the waiting Hachiko. Despite this, the dog would escape from his new owners and search around the professors house, later waiting at the station every evening. This caused the attention first of other commuters who would feed him treats and than a former student of the professor, who went on to write a documentary about the faithful dog in the newspaper, which was picked up by teachers and parents as well as later the Military as an example of loyalty towards the family and the country. His end though was not such a happy one as he was found one day dead in the street, his heart infected with worms and several yakitori(grilled-chicken skewers) sticks in his stomach. His remains were stuffed and are still to be viewed at the National Science Museum of Japan in Ueno.

The Statue

The first statue of Hachiko in front of Shibuya station was actually already put up when he was still alive in 1934 after Hachiko became very famous through his couverage in the newspaper with the dog as the special-guest, but it was a victim of the war's hunger for everything metal.

In August 1948 the son of the first sculptor who had since passed away, made a new statue which still can be seen and is a popular meeting-point for young people on a night out. Even the station entrance is named “Hachiko” after the dog.



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The Akita breed

The Akita Inu or Akita-ken (both are readings for the same “dog”-kanji) has a long history in Japan, developing in the the Northern region of Akita. It was used as a large-game hunting dog, mainly boars and bears. It has a very powerful yet graceful appearance witch the body length being not much longer than it's height, a big head and a very soft-looking double-layered coat, a testimony to the dog's roots in Japan's “Snow Country”. The colors nowadays range from white to fawn and red. Body height at the withers are 60 – 66 cm (24 – 26 in) and body weight is around 40 kg (87 lb) for females and 50 kg (110 lb) for males.

The breed, like other Japanese dogs, became nearly extinct during the hard times during and after the war, first because of lack of food and later to prevent the spread of disease. Through the efforts of a few people the Akita was than successfully bred again to sustainable numbers while keeping the original characteristics of the breed.

The American Akita, originally from the same roots as the Japanese Akita, started its separate path from the time after WW II, when US Servicemen would bring home a puppy from Japan. Because of the different breeding style they are now recognized in most countries as two different breeds, except from the American and the Canadian Kennel Club. They are mostly larger and heavier than their original counterparts in Japan and have more kinds of colors, notably dark brown and black masks.

The Akita's general characteristics are of courage and affectionate loyalty towards their owner. But because of their power and dominant strait, they are no easy dogs for beginners. They will need lots of exercise and have to be trained as puppies to develop into a family dog that is playful with kids. Akitas are very intelligent, thus they require attention and need to be occupied, otherwise they might get bored and destructive towards their surroundings. Their independent streak can make them challenging without a lead in obedience.The coat will require grooming, especially during the shedding time. Despite their sometimes “cuddly” appearance because of their thick coat, Akitas can be aggressive towards strangers and unkown dogs.But for the right person and owners who are willing to put efforts into the relationship, they will show a very rewarding loving loyalty and be an entertaining partner through their intelligent behaviour.

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Richard Ring 7 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

VERY good hub. I love it! I saw that preview for the Richard Gere movie and thought, 'oh brother,' thankfully you expanded on the concept and gave the Hatchiko story some depth! Good job!! =)


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Tokyo-Wolf 7 years ago from Tokyo Author

Hi Richard

Well, the original idea was to produce two hubs, but there are already enough about the Akita breed, so I put it under one point of view


Hachiko 6 years ago

So sad it makes mewant to cry.


niar 6 years ago

nice post i was watched this movie yesterday and i cried..

hachiko..


Pete 6 years ago

I farted


hachi 6 years ago

i was crying when i watch hachiko movie


connie 6 years ago

Every time I watch the movie Icry like a baby. The loyalty of a dog is like no other. If it does not touch you soul I feel bad for people.


Paul Jiro Ellan 6 years ago

i cannot bear it out as i watched the movie!!!!

i was really touched by the movie and i cry unexpectedly,

specially on Hachiko's undying devotion, love and faithfulness to his master.

I'm happy to watch the movie again.

i love so much the movie......

(ellanpauljiro@yahoo.com)


Gale 6 years ago

I watched this movie "Hachi" last night and was surprise I had never heard of it before. It was very good but a little sad. So of course I did shed a few tears. It made me think about my dog, Oreo, who was very dear to us and we loved him very, very much but lost him on May 15, 2010. A dog is truly a man's best friend. The love for Oreo still lingers in our hearts. However,I fell in love with Hachi, he was a loyal and loving dog.


Nadia 5 years ago

When i watched the movie i truly understood the feeling considering that what have i been able to give my pets? Except failing them altogether. 6 of my dogs whom i loved had been poisoned systematically and there was nothing i could do but watch them dieing....

From: Nadia Sikder. 211/2 Ulan, Rd. Rampura Dhaka- 1219. Bangladesh.

Subject: Animal Brutality.

Contact:01191352473, 01720194213. (bugged)fhrarea@yahoo.com

Zavier Junior, 3months old pup was put to death by a crime committing syndicate known for their malice. It has been the 6th time they have allegedly poisoned my dogs in a row.

Police arrived to the crime site taking preparation for an on-line GD that we composed (GD Num:1019. dtd:22/5/2010.) Commencing for an autopsy in the Animal Hospital transferring to ICDDR,B (police’s own words). Within 4 days report would be affirmed....

It was aired on T.V (Channel i) at 10:30pm.- A family of 3, making several GDs to the P.S was utterly useless for the Matabars in these hi-tech days has kept them in isolation from the society as an outcast trying to banish them from their own home ever since its contained by the clench of land grabbers, has done it again, besides poisoning their puppy.

I am desperately awaiting for the doctors certificate but who am I to believe, whereas the viscera was never sent to ICDDR,B for analysis and the report was found to be distorted.

Red Alert: This syndicate is insulated by Lt. Col. Rashidul Alom posted to RAB1 Uttara as Dir. Resolving all their crimes.

I on behalf of Muttly, Amigo senior, Zavier Senior, and Zavier Junior, Sue he, and Amigo Junior(canines) with Tiny, Bravery and Georgie (felines)-killed leaving me all alone. one that has a pure heart can seize the moment known as man’s best friend beseech your organizations assistance to come forward and prove there is animal rights prevailing in such a territory were human rights are violated that truth and justice are just not to be dreamed of.

Their death has shaken me uncontrollably to an irrecoverable loss.

this write-up is in the capacity of a freelance human rights, animal rights, environmental activist.

PS: Georgie died today at 7:00pm having sustained boiling hot marr (rice water) followed apparently by rat- poisoning. in this state of mind of am incapable of writing any further but I hope you have the heart to share my pain of in-defensibility.

When i watched the movie i truly understood the feeling considering that what have i been able to give my pets? Except failing them altogether. 6 of my dogs whom i loved had been poisoned systematically and there was nothing i could do but watch them dieing....

From: Nadia Sikder. 211/2 Ulan, Rd. Rampura Dhaka- 1219. Bangladesh.

Subject: Animal Brutality.

Contact:01191352473, 01720194213. (bugged)

Zavier Junior, 3months old pup was put to death by a crime committing syndicate known for their malice. It has been the 6th time they have allegedly poisoned my dogs in a row.

Police arrived to the crime site taking preparation for an on-line GD that we composed (GD Num:1019. dtd:22/5/2010.) Commencing for an autopsy in the Animal Hospital transferring to ICDDR,B (police’s own words). Within 4 days report would be affirmed....

It was aired on T.V (Channel i) at 10:30pm.- A family of 3, making several GDs to the P.S was utterly useless for the Matabars in these hi-tech days has kept them in isolation from the society as an outcast trying to banish them from their own home ever since its contained by the clench of land grabbers, has done it again, besides poisoning their puppy.

I am desperately awaiting for the doctors certificate but who am I to believe, whereas the viscera was never sent to ICDDR,B for analysis and the report was found to be distorted.

Red Alert: This syndicate is insulated by Lt. Col. Rashidul Alom posted to RAB1 Uttara as Dir. Resolving all their crimes.

I on behalf of Muttly, Amigo senior, Zavier Senior, and Zavier Junior, Sue he, and Amigo Junior(canines) with Tiny, Bravery and Georgie (felines)-killed leaving me all alone. one that has a pure heart can seize the moment known as man’s best friend beseech your organizations assistance to come forward and prove there is animal rights prevailing in such a territory were human rights are violated that truth and justice are just not to be dreamed of.

Their death has shaken me uncontrollably to an irrecoverable loss.

this write-up is in the capacity of a freelance human rights, animal rights, environmental activist.

PS: Georgie died today at 7:00pm having sustained boiling hot marr (rice water) followed apparently by rat- poisoning. in this state of mind of am incapable of writing any further but I hope you have the heart to share my pain of in-defensibility.

When i watched the movie i truly understood the feeling considering that what have i been able to give my pets? Except failing them altogether. 6 of my dogs whom i loved had been poisoned systematically and there was nothing i could do but watch them dieing....

From: Nadia Sikder. 211/2 Ulan, Rd. Rampura Dhaka- 1219. Bangladesh.

Subject: Animal Brutality.

Contact:01191352473, 01720194213. (bugged)

Zavier Junior, 3months old pup was put to death by a crime committing syndicate known for their malice. It has been the 6th time they have allegedly poisoned my dogs in a row.

Police arrived to the crime site taking preparation for an on-line GD that we composed (GD Num:1019. dtd:22/5/2010.) Commencing for an autopsy in the Animal Hospital transferring to ICDDR,B (police’s own words). Within 4 days report would be affirmed....

It was aired on T.V (Channel i) at 10:30pm.- A family of 3, making several GDs to the P.S was utterly useless for the Matabars in these hi-tech days has kept them in isolation from the society as an outcast trying to banish them from their own home ever since its contained by the clench of land grabbers, has done it again, besides poisoning their puppy.

I am desperately awaiting for the doctors certificate but who am I to believe, whereas the viscera was never sent to ICDDR,B for analysis and the report was found to be distorted.

Red Alert: This syndicate is insulated by Lt. Col. Rashidul Alom posted to RAB1 Uttara as Dir. Resolving all their crimes.

I on behalf of Muttly, Amigo senior, Zavier Senior, and Zavier Junior, Sue he, and Amigo Junior(canines) with Tiny, Bravery and Georgie (felines)-killed leaving me all alone. one that has a pure heart can seize the moment known as man’s best friend beseech your organizations assistance to come forward and prove there is animal rights prevailing in such a territory were human rights are violated that truth and justice are just not to be dreamed of.

Their death has shaken me uncontrollably to an irrecoverable loss.

this write-up is in the capacity of a freelance human rights, animal rights, environmental activist.

PS: Georgie died today at 7:00pm having sustained boiling hot marr (rice water) followed apparently by rat- poisoning. in this state of mind of am incapable of writing any further but I hope you have the heart to share my pain of in-defensibility.

Muttly Brutally Killed

Muttly, our family pet dog-more a brother to me, since his puppy-hood, 5long years had been with us through the wretched days fending till his painful cause of death. As the unsettled nights darkened he guarded the home he knew he belonged, protected the folks he knew as his family.

The voracious snare that has and is retaining us for an attenuated duration of desolation produced by the local self-proclaimed Matabars with their mates maneuvered brusquely a machination for our relations and friends whom we had known to have turned their backs on us except for only one who was there for the tormented term giving an undivided love with an unselfish intent-who else, Muttly. A tender togetherness was fondly felt with his radiated presence is no more….

I still remember a chilly wintry December 5, Sunday 2004 as if it were only yesterday. 7:15am A not so early morning in favor of a momentous occasion to


jacqui 5 years ago

it was so touching


shaira(hachi) 5 years ago

i cried when i saw the movie . .my mama was laughing at me . .i know about the fact that she was touched by hachi's story . .


nurliana igun 5 years ago

I will always love you,

Hatchiko !


ken christopher 5 years ago

i cried a lot, very touching stoy, i heard the story before from my friend and he told me some of the scene, from there i am touched already but i tooks month until i finally watched the movie and yes.. i cried, i am all alone at my clinic and i am very free to express whatever i felt that moment, and i cant get over yet, :D i had my dog back at home and he is a very loyal too, he accompany me everytime im going to work at 4:00 am its so dark and im very lucky that hes with me.. i love him so much.... i am missing him already, those who didn't cry or even touched by hachi i feel sory for you..


Susie 5 years ago

OMG, I saw the movie last night and bawled like a baby. It really broke my heart. It confirms my belief that dogs were put on earth to be a true friend to man. They are so faithful and will stick by you when no one else will.


MAX FLOWERS 5 years ago

THE MOVIE HACHI A DOGS TALEBROKE MY HEART IT AFFECTED ME I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME I ALWAYS BELIEVED GOD GAVE ANIMALS TO MAN AS A GIFT, I WAS SO MOVED BY HACHI I WENT OUT AND ADDOPTED A DOG AT THE LOCAL POUND AND NAMED HIM HACHI IN HONOR OF THE REAL HACHI, HE IS A GREAT DOG AND FRIEND


Puneet 4 years ago

Really it brings out tears.most emotional movie i ever watched.

hope all these things are wrong and fiction only.


Hachi 4 years ago

i really like this story beacause it is somehow related to our life


leidhen 4 years ago

i'm very touched when we watched the hachiko a dog's story. my classmates and i was crying. i will never forget that movie because hachiko is like my dog mantha, kenjie and woody they are very naughty. that movie inspired me because i'm a dog lover.when i watched that movie i miss my dogs

i will never forget you hachiko.....

i love you...


Tiffany 4 years ago

I loved this movie I have a baby shiba he's very sweet and reminds me of hachiko so I named him that. I tried finding the wooden name tag for him but can't find it anywhere.


Kerryn Australia 4 years ago

I have not cried and cried like this ever watching a movie. This was truly a spiritual beautiful story and my heart broke for the dog. People undersestimate the love and bond a dog and human can share and I congratulate Richard Gere ( although made a few years ago) you conveyed that bond beautifully. What a beautiful animal Hatchi was.


Dipak Washimkar 4 years ago

i want this movies C D please give the address move shoppi this move is very very truly hartly touched story.


sarah mae 4 years ago

these really dramatic . i cry hard at this story.

i love you hachiko.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................this the real sadness............................................................................................!!!


lol 3 years ago

potrew


ashok kumar 2 years ago

Every one watch this movie once in life time

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