Hachiko: A Dog’s Story (video)
This is an excerpt from a feature film based on the true story of Hachiko (or Hachi), a Japanese dog who waited for his master every day at the Shibuya station in Tokyo. When his master died, Hachi continued to show up at the station for 9 years until he died. There is a statue of Hachi at Shibuya station and it is a favorite meeting place.
The film brings the story to the United States; Richard Gere plays the man who adopts the abandoned dog and trains him. Gere goes to work every day and when he returns, Hachiko is waiting for him at the station. When Gere’s character dies, the family tries to dissuade Hachiko from going to the station, to no avail. He continues to wait there for years until he too dies.
The film has been shown in over 25 countries, though it was not released in theaters in the United States. However, it is available on DVD and is being shown on the Hallmark channel. See it! It scored an amazing 8.1 by reviewers on IMDB. It will bring joy to your heart and tears to your eyes. Never will you find a more eloquent example of a dog’s love of, and faithfulness to, a man.