“Hachi” is a beautiful story because of its simplicity. There are few films that portray loyalty in such a powerful and simple manner. Even more powerful is the fact that this story is based on the actions of a real-life dog in the 1920’s. The film never received a theatrical release in the United States but it is not lacking in quality. It is filled with enjoyable performances by Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Jason Alexander, and the three Akita dogs that play Hachi at three different ages. The interactions between the actors and dogs never seem to be forced; in fact, the entire thing feels very natural, as if the dogs were raised by the actors themselves. It is that rare family-friendly film that appeals to all ages, whether it is a child who loves watching the cute puppy or the parent who is moved by the loyalty of this dog. Every dog owner will be cuddling a little closer with their pup after this one. “Hachi” isn’t a very well-known film but delivers the quality acting, tender emotions, and age-wide appropriateness that should make it a staple for every family.
[Pictured: It doesn't get much cuter than that]