Hachi: A Dog's Tale

2009 G 1h 33m Blu-ray / DVD

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Hachi: A Dog's Tale

2009 G 1h 33m Blu-ray / DVD
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When his master dies, a loyal pooch named Hachiko keeps a regular vigil -- for more than a decade -- at the train station where he once greeted his owner every day in this touching drama based on a true story.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Subtitles
English
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Subtitles
English
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
  • Richard Gere
  • Joan Allen
  • Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
  • Sarah Roemer
  • Jason Alexander
  • Erick Avari
  • Davenia McFadden
  • Robbie Sublett
  • Kevin DeCoste
  • Bates Wilder
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Reviews

age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Hachi: A Dog's Tale is the story of great love and respect between a college professor and the puppy he rescues on a snowy night. It's a very gentle film that quickly engages the audience as it introduces a heroic dog, a man with a loving heart, and an idyllic setting. That engagement intensifies emotions, which later carry the story through the years to its bittersweet conclusion. The movie is based the story of a dog who lived in Japan in the 1930s; a statue of the real Hachi remains in the Shibuya train station there. Spoiler alert: A major character dies, which is heartbreaking and likely to upset most kids and parents. Though the film has a "G" rating, it's best for kids who are comfortable with very sad events -- including death -- and the grief that accompanies those events.

Sexual Content

A husband and wife share a romantic moment before heading to bed; we next see them cuddling later. In another scene, they appear to be preparing to bathe together.

Violence

A key player collapses and dies after suffering a heart attack.

Language

Not applicable

Social Behavior

Reveals the deep relationship and commitment that can be maintained between a human and a pet. Clearly shows the value of respect between humans and between humans and their pets. Finds beauty in mutual love even after separation or death.

Consumerism

Yankees game and Yankees cap are featured.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults drink wine and champagne in the evening together. Daughter's fiancé brings beer to dinner and drinks a beer with his future father-in-law.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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