“Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” Behind the Scenes: I always say that we couldn’t have done this film without Boone Narrs, our lead animal trainer. His company, “Boone’s Animals for Hollywood”, is one of the most widely known and highly respected animal training companies in the world. Boone’s quiet strength and keen sense for animals became one of the guiding lights of the film.
The real life Hachiko of 1920’s Japan was white, but we needed a warmer color to contrast against snow scenes. I wanted a full face with soulful dark eyes. Boone did a nationwide search, and one by one, brought the animals to his ranch. Each time, I’d hurry on down to meet the newest cast member. Every one of the three Akitas who played the adult Hachi were exactly what I envisioned.