G | | Drama, Family
A college professor bonds with an abandoned dog he takes into his home.
Hachi is a Japanese Akita/Akita Ainu from the mountainous northern regions of Japan.
So even if Columbus got lost and wasn't the first to discover America, he's still my hero. He was really brave to sail in such a tiny ship over a really big ocean. And because of him, we get Columbus Day off of school.
Teacher: Thank you Heather. Uh, Ronnie?...
The puppy has obviously grown several weeks between its departure from a monastery in Japan and being found at a train station presumably less than a day after.
Message near the end of the credits: "Although beloved by many as a family pet, Akitas are recommended only for dedicated and experienced dog owners. To learn more, please visit the American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org and the American Kennel Club at www.akc.org"
JPY 228,428,764 (Japan) (9 August 2009)