Sunday, June 27, 2010

Movie time: Hachiko

Germany trashed England at the World Cup! Though there is still more or less 15 minutes before stoppage time, it's too impossible for England to get back (4-1 to Germany). This is so sad for me as my favorite team England is not moving forward (again!) in World Cup :( But so much of the World Cup, I don't want to get depressed by it. Let me share a film that I never expected would hit me big time! The film is entitled Hachiko: A Dog's Story, starring Richard Gere , Joan Allen and among others.

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This is based on a true story from Japan. Hachiko is an Akita Inu breed dog from Japan. He was send by a monk from Japan to America (though the receiver was never known). He was found by Parker Wilson, played by Richard Gere, wandering around in a train station. Since the station controller won't take him in, Parker took him home and tried to hide it from his wife. He planned on sending him to the right owner but he unconsciously grew to love Hachi. When the wife saw this, she finally accepted to have Hachi stay. Everyday Hachi will accompany Parker to the train station and he will also be there by the time he returned from work. This continued until that faithful day that Hachi will experience his first and last ball catching. Parker had a cardiac arrest at work and Hachi never seen him again. But he continued to go to the station for the next ten years until finally he and his master had finally see each other again.

Popcorns: 5/5 popcorns

Oh you need a lot of tissues (and I mean it!) because you'll be crying when you reach the middle part of the movie. As a matter of fact I am crying right now (lol!). I never expected that I'll keep on crying even after watching it!. This completely broke my heart. The dog really is a great actor. He really did win my heart. I wanted to have him as my pal.

Akita Inu dogs are known to be loyal and intelligent. This showed how smart and loyal he is to his master. Even though he is already with his master's daughter he still see his master as his true master and nobody else. He really showed his love for his master. He completely waited for him until they see each other again.
Hachiko is well-loved by the Japanese people. As a matter of fact, a bronze statue was created in Shibuya Station (where the real location is) in honored of him. He is a symbol of loyalty. Hachi taught us the value of loyalty and friendship. Nothing can destroy a relationship with true loyalty and friendship even death.

Oh it's enough! (sneeze) Hachiko is a heartwarming film that you, your family and friends would definitely love and enjoy. It's a simple story but has a strong emotion factor.

The game is finally over and no more England in World Cup :( How was your weekend guys? Hope it was fun! :)