Richard Gere’s Developing a Film about Hachikō
It looks like Japan’s most famous dog is getting it’s own biopic. It looks like it’ll be pretty sappy though, with an all American cast (!?) and directed, appropriately, by MY LIFE AS A DOG director Lasse Hallström.
Ever wonder what Richard Gere has been up to? I don’t, but I am looking forward to seeing his newest film. It’s about Hachiko, the famous Akita dog whose spirit resides in Shibuya Station since the 1930s. He was a smart, loyal doggie who lost his owner at the age of 2. The owner died of a heart attack while he was at work, so the dog never knew of his death. So every day for the rest of his life, he sat in front of Shibuya Station in the late afternoon to early evening, waiting for the owner’s return. Other commuters soon caught on to what was happening and started feeding the dog and paying him lots of attention.
Hachiko died of heartworm at the age 11 and the ward erected a statue in his honor. Now it’s the most popular meeting spot in Tokyo.
After Hachiko died, they found a whole bunch of yakitori sticks inside his tummy. His stuffed body is now on display at a museum in Ueno.
Hmm, looks like there already was one made, in 1987: