Recently, I discovered about a true story of a dog named Hachiko, an Akita who is known for its loyalty to his master. According to it, Hachiko’s owner is a university professor. For years, Hachiko saw him off from the front door and greeted him at the end of the day at the nearby Shibuya Station. This is their routine everyday. However, one day, the professor suffered a stroke at the university and died. He never returned to the train station. And everyday, Hachiko waited at the train station for his master. This goes on for 10 years, until his death.
When he died in 1935, his body was stuffed and kept at the National Science Museum of Japan in Ueno, Tokyo. Hachiko is considered as a hero. He symbolizes what loyalty is all about. In 1934, a statue was erected at the Shibuya Station, where he waited everyday for his master.
In 1987, a film was made based on Hachiko’s life and story. It is aptly titled,Hachiko Monogatari (Tale of Hachiko). I watched this fanmade video of the 1987 film, and even with this, I cried. It was so sad but so sweet. This is why I love dogs.
Now, a remake of the 1987 film is about to be released in the US in October, 2009. Hachiko: A Dog’s Tale stars Richard Gere, Joan Allen and Sarah Roemer. Here’s the trailer. I will definitely watch this one.
I love dogs and I love dog movies. It’s just kinda ironic that I always end up crying every time I finished a film.
*pics from Google