Hachiko: The movie trailer, in Japanese
Here — just because it all seems so circular — is a Japanese trailer for an American movie based on a Japanese legend.
The soon to be released “Hachiko: A Dog’s Story” is an Americanized version of the true account of the Akita who waited everyday at the train station for his master, a University of Tokyo professor, to return home from work. When his master died on the job, Hachiko continued the vigil — for another 10 years.
In the American movie, Richard Gere plays the professor, with Rhode Island substituting for Japan.
Hachiko was brought to Tokyo by his owner, Eisaburo Uyeno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo. For a year, the dog greeted him at the end of the day at Shibuya Station. In May 1925, Professor Uyeno, after a stroke, died at work. While the dog was passed on to new owners, he continued to go to the train station everyday, in hopes of seeing his owner.
A bronze statue of Hachiko is now a permanent fixture at the train station in Shibuya, and his mounted remains are kept at the National Science Museum of Japan in Tokyo.
You can find the trailer in English on YouTube. The movie — and you can count on it being a tearjerker — was originally scheduled to come out in August 2009. It will be released in the U.S. by March.
Posted by John Woestendiek January 19th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
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