Friday, July 13, 2012
For those of you who love dogs and melancholy movies, I encourage you to see the excellent little movie (suitable for kids too) about a college music professor and the abandoned Akita who loves him, based on a true story. Starring Richard Gere and Joan Allen, Hachi (2009) will simply touch your heart and remind you about the strength of the bond between man and dog. I have strange reactions to movies that are nostalgic or a little sad at the end, so it was hard to sit through the last few minutes (I get this really off despair and tightening of the chest in these cases), but don't let that scare you off this wonderful little movie. Hachi is so cute, loyal, and dedicated that he inspires everyone with his love and reminds people of how important are our connections with other humans and animals. There must have been powerful or beloved people involved in making this movie, to garner A-list names such as Gere and Allen, as well as roles for Jason Alexander, Erick Avari, and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. . Don't miss it.