A new statue of the Hachiko dog will be installed in front of Fuji TV in Odaiba next year, to celebrate their 50th anniversary of broadcasting and coinciding with the Japan release of “Hachiko: A Dog’s Story” – a Hollywood remake of the 1987 film “Hachiko Monogatari.”
The story of the Akita dog, who in the 1920s and 1930s waited for his master at Shibuya station for nearly a decade after his death, was made into a movie in 1987. "Hachiko Monogatari," starring Tatsuya Nakadai, made more than 4 billion yen at theaters across Japan.
Richard Gere, 59, a reported dog-lover himself and star of the remake filmed on Rhode Island this year, was confident of the film’s success, and said: “It’s something I want my kids to see.” One critic wrote in an article on the web edition of the Los Angeles Times that the movie could shape up as a candidate for next year’s Oscars.
Chihiro Kameyama, head of movie production at Fuji TV, said they will distribute the film together with Shochiku, and said: “We felt the dignified image of Hachiko was an appropriate choice to help celebrate our 50th anniversary. We decided against a temporary statue made of paper-mache or something, which would only be there while the movie was showing, and instead opted for something more real and permanent that can be loved and appreciated over a long time.”
The new statue will be 88.8 centimeters tall, weigh 88.8 kilograms and installed on May 12, 88 days before the movie’s release in Japan on Aug 8. The statue is expected to become a famous meeting spot, similar to the one in Shibuya.© Japan Today