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Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)

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Hachi: A Dog’s Tale is a American drama film that is an adaptation of the 1987 Japanese film Hachikō Monogatari. The original film told the true story of the Akita dog named Hachikō who lived in Japan in the 1920s. This version, which places it in a modern American context, was directed by Lasse Hallström, written by Stephen P. Lindsey and Kaneto Shindo, and produced by Richard Gere.

The film premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival on June 13, 2009, and its first theatrical release was in Japan on August 8, 2009. The film was given a UK theatrical release on March 12, 2010, courtesy of Entertainment Film Distributors, and opened in more than 25 countries throughout 2009 and 2010.

When Ronnie gives a presentation at school about a personal hero, he tells the story of his grandfather and his dog, Hachiko.

Parker Wilson, a professor of music who commutes to nearby Providence, Rhode Island, finds a lost puppy on the station platform in Bedridge and takes him home for the night.

The puppy remains unclaimed, and the two grow close while he takes it with him, everywhere. Ken, a Japanese professor friend, tells Parker that the dog is a breed called an Akita and that the Japanese character on his collar tag is the number eight – “hachi”. Parker’s wife, Cate,  eventually warms to the dog—but Hachi sleeps outside in his own shed…

Director: Lasse Hallström

Writers: Stephen P. Lindsey (screenplay), Kaneto Shindô (motion picture “Hachiko monogatari”)

Stars: Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Sarah Roemer, Jason Alexander, Erick Avari, Davenia McFadden

Cast:

Richard GereParker Wilson
Joan AllenCate Wilson
Cary-Hiroyuki TagawaKen
Sarah RoemerAndy
Jason AlexanderCarl
Erick AvariJasjeet
Davenia McFaddenMary Anne
Robbie SublettMichael
Kevin DeCosteRonnie (11 Years)
Rob DegnanTeddy Barnes
Tora HallströmHeather
Donna SorbelloMyra
Frank S. AronsonMilton – The Butcher
Troy DohertySal
Ian ShermanStudent Pianist
Timothy CroweEvan Lock
Denece RylandMiss Latham
Blake FriedmanStudent
Bates WilderHarry Pinow
Daniel KirbyCommuter
Gloria CristCommuter #2
Rich TrethewayMover
Thomas TynellMan (as Tom Tynell)
Luke AllardStudent
Raymond AlongiTrain Station Commuter
Kira ArnoldStudent
Ellen Becker-GrayTown Resident / Train Commuter
David BostonMan Passing on the Sidewalk
Gail BrunoLocal Resident / Commuter
Robert CapronStudent
Oscar J. CastilloTrain Station Commuter
Desiree April ConnollyTrain Commuter
D.W. CormierCommuter
Ryan CultreraStudent
Becki DennisStudent
Max DerderianStudent
Vincent J. EarnshawTrain Station Commuter
Shane FarrellDancer / Student (voice)
John FranchiCommuter
Elizabeth FreemanStudent
Russell GibsonParkers Barber
Albert GornieCommuter
Patrick Mel HayesCommuter / Businessman
Steven HowittTheater Goer
Michael KellyCommuter
Mary KoomjianTrain Passenger
Rebecca MerleCommuter in Train Station
Martin MontanaTrain Station Commuter
Morgan O’BrienTrain Commuter
Edward L. PapazianAir Line Baggage Handler
Americo PresciuttiTrain Station Passenger
Donna Glee ReimGrandmother to the Bride
Gary RoscoePedestrian
Eric RyanTrain Commuter
Ben SkinnerFuneral Attendee / Student
Rich SkinnerTrain Commuter
Roy SouzaCommuter #2
Donald WarnockSenior Train Conductor
Joseph ZamparelliCommuter

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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