There's not much of a plot to the movie. The story, which pretty much follows the original story, can be summed up in a few sentences. I wouldn't recommend this movie for the sake of watching a really good movie. But it's a good dog movie. There are so many cute moments that make your heart melt. And the movie will definitely make you cry.
I have some other random reactions to the movie, but they may reveal too much for those who haven't seen the movie yet. So you'll have to click to read more.
- I particularly enjoyed the fetch (or rather non-fetch) scene. I instantly related to it as a Shiba behavior (and well, I suppose an Akita behavior too). My two Shibas actually do sort of fetch when they are in the mood to play. If they aren't in the mood, then they just aren't in the mood. We taught Loki to fetch when he was a little puppy using treats. There has to be something in it for them!
- An off-leash dog in the 1930s in Japan probably wasn't unusual, but an off-leash dog in the 1990s in New England definitely is. Why didn't anyone ever care about Hachi being off-leash? Of course he had to be for the story, but it doesn't quite fit in with a modernized version of the story.
- And why did Hachi live in the shed? Poor dog. Why couldn't he live in the big house with the humans?
- Lastly, the scenes right before the professor's death was a little bit too melodramatic for my tastes. Right before he dies, everything in his life is perfect. There is the romantic scene with his wife; they are miraculously, not bickering. And Hachi just knows that this is the time to show the professor that he can fetch.