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.© Japan Today
Hachiko and Gere
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