#188: Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)

When and how did I watch this?

November 16th, 2015, on Netflix

Had I seen this film already?


What did I know about the movie before watching it?

I looked it up, and I discovered that it wasn’t an animated feature.  Watching Nausicaa the weekend before probably made it more difficult to discern this as a live action film initially.  The cast was interesting as well.  Richard Gere is past his prime at this point, but perhaps he illuminates a film about a pet dog.

What do I know about it now?

This movie is awful.  I endured it simply because it wasn’t inappropriate, but I could’ve spent the two hours brushing my teeth and perhaps other menial tasks I’ve been intending to do around the house. Gere did not improve this film.  The dialogue was forced and terrible.  The flow of the story was boring at best, attempting at sentimental moments constantly, at times succeeding but mostly just appearing cheesy. I can see how a dog lover would enjoy this film, but in comparison to the legendary films on this list so far, it falls way short.

What are some themes in the film?

Death, loyalty, dogs.  That’s about it.

Did this affect me personally?

It reminded me that I’m actually a competent writer. Or at least serviceable.

Why is this ranked #188?

I would guess it has to do with the crossover U.S./Japanese elements.  Japanese culture reveres the dog, and U.S. folks make them out to be relentlessly loyal companions.  Conceptually, this is cool, but a cool idea and a cross-cultural appeal does not automatically make for a good film.  This was voted up by dog lovers and not by people that appreciate quality movies.

Did my wife watch/like it?

Yes.  She was equally disgusted.

Would I watch it again?

No, unless someone did my housework for me in the meantime.  Or cooked me dinner.  A really, really good dinner.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

I hope you did not waste your time watching this film already.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

By all means, no.

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