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American actor Richard Gere, 59, poses with a statue of Hachiko in Shibuya on Tuesday. The story of the dog Hachiko has been transplanted to America in the upcoming Hollywood version, titled “Hachiko: A Dog’s Story,” which 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. The new film starring Gere and Joan Allen, set in Rhode Island, 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.” It opens in Japan on Aug 8.

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Gere's looking a lot like Bill Clinton these days.

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Do you think he'll kiss the statue this time?

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Gere-sama looks like he has been out in the sun too long today.

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I've heard that the dog "Hachiko" came and waited for his master at Shibuya station for many years because many people eating food at restaurants around the station fed Hachiko everyday. That's why the dog came down to the Station. I think the dog already forgot his master after death.

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When Hachiko was dead, veterinarians opened the stomach of the dog to find out what cause of death. They found many food in his stomach that people fed. The cause was just nature of death.

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Do you Kwatt, you sinic. !0 years seem like a lot of loyalty?Google greyfriars bobby.

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got the beer cheeks going there...

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veterinarians opened the stomach of the dog to find out what cause of death

A likely story. Got anything to back it up with?

Hachiko was 12 years old when he died; that's a ripe old age for a large breed, especially in the 1930s. It don't take no vet to guess that Hachiko died of old age.

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The dog "Hachiko" was very famous at the time. After death people made a stuffed specimen for memorial, but it was destroyed during the war. So they made the statue of the dog for that.

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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

no one knows what the dog was waiting for or if it was even waiting. Could have been waiting for that bit of tail that walked passed everyday for 10 years or could have seen the place as its own territory. assuming it was waiting for its master is lame and arrogant as a human.

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the plot of the film is as such: gere's buddy calls up gere on friday evening. they rendevzous at the dog and go for a night of drinking and karaoke. credits roll

pretty realistic plotline, i thought

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kwatt, hachiko is still stufed in a museam in Ueno

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"a statue of Hachiko"? Does this mean there is more than one statue of Hachiko?

Also, why did hachiko never figure out that he basically was not coming back?

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I heard that the stuffed specimen was destroyed during the war. I just wonder how it survived. Everything was burned by Tokyo Air Raid. I go check it.

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I think Gere looks like Ted Knight from the Mary Tyler Moore show!!!

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Hachiko Monogatari was great.

The original Shall We Dance was great.

The Shall We Dance remake starring Gere and Jennifer Lopez was great.

I guess Hachi, Yakusoku no Inu will be great.

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caught the sun a bit

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"a statue of Hachiko"? Does this mean there is more than one statue of Hachiko?

Yes, there's an exact replica in front of Odate station in Akita.

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I heard the original brass statue of Hachiko was melted down to shell/bullet casings for the war effort. What you see today is a copy of the original statue.

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Pretty cool story and looks like Gere just made some easy money being a gaijin, oops I mean star. What's up with his remakes of Japanese movies, a japanophile maybe?

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I am sorry, which one is Hachiko?

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Can't wait for America to turn Hachiko into a talking dog that sings.

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HIS FACE LOOKS LIKE A TOMATO!

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ha, richard gere. . .

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Soon to be, Richard "Melanoma-Face because I got drunk and passed out in the sun" Gere.

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What's up with his remakes of Japanese movies, a japanophile maybe?

he acted in a Kurosawa movie, that's all the chops he needs in my book

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or organisation in belgium use the same name HACHIKO,because we train dogs for people with disabilities. if you wants you can visit the website www.hachiko.org

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Can anyone tell me where I can buy this movie dubbed in Japanese voice? Thank you!

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