The story of Hachiko was already familiar to me, as it is very well known among the Japanese. It reminds me of a similar story of my grandfather and his dog. The film is decent but not great. However, I'm already a HUGE suck for animals, so major waterworks from me. I doubt I would like the original more since Japanese melodramas like these tend to get maudlin and corny to the point of embarrassment.
This millenium's tearjerker a la The Champ. From the piano-infested wall-to-wall soundtrack that reeks of salty tears to the dog - everything in this movie is intended to make you warm and fluffy and hopefully make you cry. Hachi: A Dog's Story is like a suicide bomber - it might not be best thing ever, but it gets the job done. Guilty pleasure added!
Ogni volta che salta fuori un remake sono tutti pronti a sputare veleno, elogiando i vecchi film di una volta, onestamente io non ho trovato nulla di sbagliato in Hachiko, anzi mi è piaciuto! Non è il film più grande che abbia mai visto, ma mi ha emotivamente preso, e parecchio pure. Il fatto che piaccia la versione americana della storia non esclude che possa piacere ANCHE quella giapponese, in ogni caso.
It's the saddest movie in the world. When it begun, I thought that it'll be another decent family-type movie with a dog as a main protagonist. And it was until the end of the first hour. Then it turned into drama which was the saddest movie I've ever seen. I ended up crying. Not snobbing but truly weeping. It touched me so much.