Shortly after I saw Hachiko's bronze statue at Shibuya Station, I was gifted with a Shiba that I promptly named after the loyal dog. Hachiko had this very calm, pure demeanor, and we were inseparable for 16 years.
My trips took me overseas quite frequently, but I always missed Hachiko after a while. Once, I was being persuaded to extend a stay in the South of France, but I had already been away for two weeks. My friend still tells people, "I got aced out by a dog." He was right!
After Hachiko passed away, I felt a huge sense of loss. To preserve the memory of my Hachiko, and the dog who started it all- "The Loyal Dog of Japan"- I began thinking how perfectly the story would translate to the screen.
In the summer of 2004, I discussed my idea with Paul Mason, a noted veteran producer of over 40 years. Although he wasn't wild about dogs, I explained how this was not simply a story about a dog, but of abiding devotion between a man and woman, parent and child, individual and country, and cut across cultural, racial and sexual divides.
I was very passionate about Hachiko’s story, and my enthusiasm never lessened! Paul agreed to work with me, and is now the executive producer of "Hachi: A Dog's Tale".
In honor of the original Hachiko of Japan, and for all the devoted animals that he represents - I'm happy to introduce "Hachi: A Dog's Tale" to you!
Vicki Shigekuni Wong