The story of the dog Hachiko has been transplanted to America in the upcoming Hollywood version, starring Richard Gere. “Hachiko: A Dog’s Story” is a remake of the 1987 film “Hachiko Monogatari.”
The original story of the Akita dog, which in the 1920s and 1930s waited for his master at Shibuya station for nearly a decade after his death, starred Tatsuya Nakadai, and earned 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, was confident of the film’s success, and said: “It’s something I want my kids to see.”
The new film will be dubbed into Japanese with actor Kinya Kitaoji, 66, and actress Miki Maya, 45, lending their voices. The Japanese title is "Hachi, Yakusoku no Inu."
Directed by Lasse Halström, the production is part of Fuji Television's 50th anniversary celebration. To commemorate the film, a Hachiko Statue will be placed on Tokyo's Odaiba, where Fuji Television's headquarters is located.
The new statue will be 88.8 centimeters tall, weigh 88.8 kilograms and will be unveiled 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