Actor Richard Gere's interest in Asia is not limited to Buddhism and to the Dalai Lama: he's also been touched by the story of Hachiko, a dog of breed Akita who lived in Japan more than half a century ago and who rose to fame because of his unconditional love for his owner. Gere has been so moved that he's been pushing for an American movie adaptation of the story (some people would say a remake of the Japanese movie based on the same true story), even going to co-produce the film with his own money!
Director Lasse Hallstrom has been hired to helm the film. Richard Gere takes the lead role. The movie Hachiko A Dog Story is also starring Joan Allen and Sarah Roemer. It will be released on August 8, 2009 in Japan, so we may expect a US release by year end.
Here below the first official movie trailer of Hachiko A Dog Story:
"A college professor (Richard Gere) takes in an abandoned dog, Hachi, and they form an unbreakable bond. After the professor dies while away from home, the dog keeps vigil waiting for his master for nearly a decade."
- Richard Gere as Parker, the professor
- Joan Allen as the professor's wife
- Sarah Roemer as Andy, the professor's daughter
- Jason Alexander as Carl
The story of Hachiko is really moving. It's like a mirror story of Marley and Me. Those cute dogs are irresistible! I'm sure I will cry a bit with this movie too!
Don't miss Richard Gere and his Akita dog in the movie Hachiko A Dog's Story!