Behind The Scenes

Hachi: A Dog's Tale

behind the scenes

Richard Gere, Joan Allen and the Extraordinary Hachi Team

Although Hachi: A Dog's Tale began with three amazing Akitas, it took a vast number of professionals to bring the film to life. Dog trainers, talented actors, the American Humane Association and others helped make Hachi an incredible success. Here is a glimpse behind the scenes of the beloved movie.

Behind The Scenes

American Humane Association Protects Animals

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The American Humane Association ensured that our Akitas adults and Shiba puppies were comfortable and safe during the entire shoot. Animals appearing in film and television are testaments to the human-animal bond that is evident in their interaction with th...

Richard Gere meets Chico, Layla, and Forrest, the three Akita dogs who played Hachi

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Richard recalls the moment the trainers introduced him to the dogs. About four weeks before shooting the trainer said, ’It’s time for you to meet the dogs’. It was a decisive moment, because if we didn’t get along, we had to find three other adult dogs...

“Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” Interview with Producer Vicki Shigekuni Wong

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A beloved and heart warming story, “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” portrays the incredible love and loyalty between man and dog. Producer Vicki Shigekuni Wong delves into some of the story behind the scenes of making this touching movie. On Sept. 28, JAS and Ja...