This is a simple but heart warming tale about Love and Loyalty. It is base on a true story behind a bronze statue of an Akita dog just outside of Shibuya Train Station in Tokyo, Japan.
The film starts with a young boy telling the story of a dog which belongs to his grandfather, a professor who commutes to work by train everyday. The dog will walk with him to the train station everyday and return to wait for him to return home everyday.
One day, the professor had a heart attack and never return home. Hachi is given to the professor’s daughter but he escape to return to the train station to wait for his late master to return. His where abouts in the day time is unknown, but everyday at 5:00pm he will wait at the station hoping that his master will appear. This continues for 10 years till he pass away.
The simple act of waiting touches many. In the original version of events, the Professor’s former student returned frequently to visit the dog and over the years published several articles about Hachikō’s remarkable loyalty. In 1932 one of these articles, published in Tokyo’s largest newspaper, threw the dog into the national spotlight. Hachikō’s faithfulness to his master’s memory impressed the people of Japan. Teachers and parents used Hachikō’s vigil as an example for children to follow. A well-known Japanese artist rendered a sculpture of the dog. Eventually, Hachikō’s legendary faithfulness became a national symbol of loyalty.
A moving tale for the whole family. A great starting point to talk to children about pets, death and loyalty.