The International Fame of Akita Inu One of the reasons why the Akita Inu breed gained popularity outside of Japan was the 2009 movie “Hachi: A Dog's Tale,” turning the true Tokyo story into a family drama with Richard Gere and Joan Allen.
Hallmark Channel has acquired exclusive TV rights to the much sought after film that has become a global theatrical sensation, “Hachi: A Dog's Tale,” and announces the film's US Television Premiere will be seen only on Hallmark Channel, Sunday, September 26 @ 9 p.m. ET/PT, 8c.
The name Hachi is primarily a gender-neutral name of Japanese origin that means Eight.
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“Hachi: A Dog's Tale” is based on the true story of an Akita so devoted to his master that he waited for him each day at a Tokyo train station. After the man, a Japanese college professor, died in 1925, the dog continued his daily vigil for nine years until his death.
The movie was based on the real Japanese Akita dog Hachiko, who was born in Ōdate, Japan, in 1923. After the death of his owner, Ueno Hidesaburō in 1925, Hachiko returned to the Shibuya train station the next day and every day after that for the next nine years until he died in March 1935.
Let's Look at the Kanji ハチ hachi. Actually, these aren't kanji, they're katakana. But they are a reference to 八 hachi, which means “the number eight.”
Death. Hachikō died on March 8, 1935, at the age of 11. He was found on a street in Shibuya. In March 2011, scientists finally settled the cause of death of Hachikō: the dog had both terminal cancer and a filaria infection.
No wonder he feels so passionate about Hachi, a film which he co-directed. It is based on a true story about an Akita, Japanese dogs renowned for their deep focus and intuition. Just like Gere himself, some might say. He was one of few able to develop a connection with the dogs used in the film.
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He accepted the role right then. Richard Gere is actually playing the piano. He also composed the piece of music that is played.
Three Akita dogs were used in the role of Hachiko and they were the real stars, Gere said.
Three Akita dogs were used in the role of Hachiko and they were the real stars, Gere said. “Akitas are extremely difficult to train.
Scamp is the son of Lady and Tramp, a Cocker Spaniel and Schnauzer mix. He starts off in the movie as stubborn and selfish. He is the youngest and wildest of the litter, and wants to become a Junkyard Dog until he begins to understand what family means. He is known as 'whirlwind' to Tramp.