‘Hachiko: A Dog’s Story’ Rolls in Rhode Island

The movie, which stars Richard Gere, is based on the beloved true story of one very loyal Akita.

Posted: February 7, 2008, 5 a.m. EST

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“Hachiko: A Dog’s Story,” starring Richard Gere, has started production in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Film and TV Office reports.

The movie, based on a popular Japanese true story from the 1920s, will be filmed entirely on location in and around the towns of Bristol and Woonsocket, as well as on the University of Rhode Island campus. The Rhode Island Film and TV Office sponsored a party in honor of the production, which was attended by Gere and director Lasse Halström, who directed “Chocolat” and “The Cider House Rules.” Neither spoke to the press.

“Hachiko” (pronounced HA-chi-ko) tells the true story of an Akita named Hachiko who greeted his college professor owner at the end of every workday during the 1920s in Tokyo. After the professor’s death, in 1925, Hachiko returned to Tokyo’s Shibuya railway station looking for his owner every evening for 10 years, launching a much-loved tale that has endured for decades.

A bronze statue of Hachiko still stands outside the Shibuya station. In the American version of the popular 1990s Japanese film based on the story, Gere will play Hachiko’s owner, and Academy Award-nominated actress Joan Allen will play his wife.

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Hachiko Fan   Plainsboro, NJ

10/20/2010 5:57:21 PM

I saw this movie for the first time a few days ago. Needless to say, I loved it. I have never felt the way I felt while watching Hachi, and I was so emotionally-on-edge for the next few days. Gere was great, but the dogs really stole the show. I hope that Hachi and his owner were eventually reunited. That dog is amazing.

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Dee   Indianapolis, IN

3/11/2010 7:27:32 PM

I just saw this beautiful moving film. My heart went out to Hachi who loyally waited for his owner for ten years.. This film shows the true royal blood of the Akita breed. I recommend this film to all ages. rating 10

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Jackie   Eggleston, VA

5/24/2009 12:20:28 AM

I love Akitas, they are truely loyal. and it's great that this film will help people to see that.

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Karen   Tucson, AZ

8/8/2008 3:55:48 PM

Can't wait to see it with several boxes of Kleenex. My puppy is in the movie at the end as a last minute addition.

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