Channel to Premiere Movie "Hachi: A Dog's Tale" September 26
GLOBAL FILM DARLING 'HACHI: A DOG'S TALE' WILL HAVE US TV PREMIERE ONLY
ON HALLMARK CHANNEL, SEPTEMBER 26
EMMY(R) AWARD NOMINEE AND GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER RICHARD GERE, ACADEMY
AWARD(R) NOMINEE JOAN ALLEN, AND EMMY(R) AWARD NOMINEE JASON ALEXANDER
STAR IN LASSE HALLSTR?M'S REMARKABLE FILM ABOUT A FAITHFUL DOG WHO SHOWS
THE WORLD THE TRUE MEANING OF LOYALTY
Based on the True Story of Hachiko, the Faithful Akita from Shibuya
Hallmark Channel has acquired exclusive TV rights to the much sought
after film that has become a global theatrical sensation, "Hachi: A
Dog's Tale," and announces the film's US Television Premiere will be
seen only on Hallmark Channel, Sunday, September 26 @ 9 p.m. ET/PT, 8c.
Based on a true story, and starring three-time Emmy(R) Award nominee and
Golden Globe winner Richard Gere, three-time Oscar(R) nominee Joan Allen,
seven-time Emmy(R) Award nominee Jason Alexander, and directed by
three-time Oscar(R) nominee Lasse Hallstr?m, the remarkable film
chronicles the life of a dog who faithfully returns for his master every
day for 10 years after the man has died.
Richard Gere has no explanation as to why the critically acclaimed film
did not get a US theatrical window, but he says in this statement, "I
can tell you this: we're all really thrilled that Hallmark Channel stepped
up to put this movie on television so it can finally be seen by
Michelle Vicary, Senior Vice President, Scheduling & Acquisitions,
Hallmark Channels said, "I saw this film at the LA Film Festival and
was immediately drawn in. Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Jason Alexander and
Lasse Hallstr?m are such gifted, talented artists and filmmakers. "Hachi:
A Dog's Tale" is a perfect fit with the Hallmark brand, and we expect
audiences will be tremendously moved by Hachi's story."
In "Hachi: A Dog's Tale," Richard Gere ("Chicago,"
"And the Band Played On") stars as Professor Parker Wilson, a
distinguished scholar who discovers a lost Akita puppy on his way home
from work. Despite initial objections from Wilson's wife, Cate (Joan
Allen, "Georgia O'Keefe," "Nixon"), Hachi endears
himself to the Wilson family and grows to be Parker's loyal companion.
One day, as the Professor heads to the train station to go to work,
Hachi follows. Wilson orders the dog home, but is astonished to find him
waiting at the train that evening. This becomes de rigueur for Professor
Wilson and Hachi.
As their bond grows deeper, a spirited relationship unfolds that
extends and develops beyond life's unexpected tragedies: Like the day
Parker Wilson has a sudden heart attack and dies. Devastated, Cate and the
children sell the home and move away.
Hachi, unaware his master has died, devotedly and stubbornly follows
the routine dog and master have become accustomed to ? he goes to the
train station every single evening. Hachi's devotion inspires the small
New England community, including station master Andy (Jason Alexander,
"The Fairly Odd Parents," "Seinfeld) who feeds and cares
for him. As Hachi continues his increasingly grim journey to the train
station, a one year vigil turns into 10, until Hachi also dies. The film's
touching parable is as much about the emotional fallout of death as it is
Hachi's remarkable devotion.
"Hachi: A Dog's Tale" is an Inferno Production and Grand Army
Entertainment in association with Opperman Viner Chrystyn Productions.
Jeff Abberly and Julia Blackman are Executive Producers. Sam Frankel and
Tom Lusa are Co-Executive Producers. The screenplay is by Stephen P.
Lindsey. The film is based on the motion picture Hachiko Monogatari which
was written by Kaneto Shindo. The film is directed by Oscar nominee Lasse
Hallstr?m ("The Cider House Rules," "My Life As A
Source: Hallmark Channel Press Release