The story of Hachiko the dog is one that has attained mythic status in Japan.
The incredibly heartwarming story is about a dog named Hachiko who was so loyal to his owner that he would wait patiently at the Shibuya train station every day for his master’s return.
Here’s the trailer for the movie, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale:
The heartbreaking part about the story is that the dog continued to go to the station and wait for nine years after his owner had passed away. NINE YEARS. That’s simply an incredible commitment, especially for a dog.
There is currently a statue of Hachiko set up at Shibuya station to commemorate this faithful, loving dog’s loyalty, and it is a common meetingplace for Japanese people to gather around.
The movie version stars Richard Gere as the dog owner, and based off of this trailer appears to be set in contemporary times and in the US, rather than in the 1920s (when this all happened) and in Japan.
Still, based off of the trailer above and the clip below, this movie looks like the type that will make even the hardest-edged person reach for the box of tissues.
I love dogs myself, and this story is just touching. I have to see this movie.