Hachi movie

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale is a profoundly moving film.

A touching, family-friendly movie that has a lesson for everyone. The story is an American adaptation of the legendary Japanese Akita  a loyal dog named Hachikō.  Hachi’s tale ignites a flame in our hearts, warming our lives with its enduring message.

"A great family movie!"

- Carolyn Graham, L.A. Parent

"Dramatic story, emotionally intense."

- Joly Herman, Common Sense Media

"An immensely appealing drama."

- Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat,
Spirituality and Practice


A Richard Gere classic and performance of a lifetime

 There's something about the simplicity of Hachi that makes it universal. That loyal little dog's story elicits a deep response, an emotional outpouring of love and gratitude. Hachi: A Dog's Tale has a profound, emotional effect on all who watch it.

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An inspiring movie that reminds us of what's most important in life

Hachi: A Dog's Tale is a film based on one of the most treasured and heartwarming true stories ever told. Golden Globe winner Richard Gere stars as Professor Parker Wilson, a distinguished scholar who discovers a lost Akita puppy on his way home from work. Despite initial objections from Wilson's wife, Hachi endears himself to the Wilson family and becomes Parker's loyal companion. As their bond grows deeper, a beautiful relationship unfolds embodying the true spirit of family and loyalty, while inspiring the hearts of an entire town.

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Unprecedented loyalty in a story of age-old friendship

A simple story for those who don’t shy away from emotional involvement (as if this can be controlled). You will easily find yourself consumed by its mere beauty and warmth. Usual man’s-best-friend story, spiced with an intriguing yet inspiring detail, shall leave you a bit sad, inevitably pensive, but ultimately delighted. Even more so after the reading of the real-life epilogue.

So touching and real! This is not just a kids’ movie.

I just saw this movie today, and I’m so glad I did. It is based on a true story and it’s only natural that the movie is great because the real story itself is very touching.

This is not just a kids’ movie. In the end everyone including myself was crying because we were so moved. It is a must-see.

A Richard Gere classic and performance of a lifetime

Unbelievable… this movie will be seen for years and lifetimes to come. This is a movie you will never forget from your mind and heart. You will remember this story forever it is a classic forever and a true story to boot. Wow.

A Powerful Tale

I would rate this as probably the best dog movie ever to come out of Hollywood. If you’ve made it so far as to read reviews, you really should just buy it. I can’t imagine any dog lover being disappointed in this magnificent film.

Heartland Film: Truly Moving Picture Award

Heartland Film Truly Moving Picture Award Recipient

Truly Moving Picture Award is an honored distinction given to films that unlock the vast potential of the human spirit and enable us to view stories that display courage, integrity and hope, taking entertainment to a higher level.

Hachi: A Dog's Tale Discussion Guides


Heartland Film Guide: Dive Into Deep Conversations and Share Hachi with the People You Love

The winner of the “Truly Moving Picture Award,” Hachi’s tale is one that continues to impact the lives of everyone who sees it. After viewing the film, download our Heartland Film Guide to gain insight, spark conversation and find ways to bring the meaning of Hachi’s life and legacy into your family and community. In addition to great discussions, this guide will encourage you to take action, offering ideas that can help protect the lives of dogs and animals in your neighborhood and around the world.


Faith Based Study Guide: What Can You Learn From Hachi’s Tale?

Once you have been touched by Hachi’s story, it’s hard to remain unchanged. When viewed with a biblical lens, the life of Hachi and the lessons that can be learned from it are even more magnified. Using our Faith-Based Study Guide, you can dive deeper into the meaning of the film, exploring themes of unconditional love, loyalty, selflessness, and the importance of community. Enriched with and supported by scripture, this guide can be used for personal study and shared with family and friends.