Movies like Hachi-ko

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Hachi-ko (1987)
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Hachi-ko (1987)
Original name: ハチ公物語
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In 1924, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo, took in Hachikō, a golden brown Akita, as a pet. During his owner's life, Hachikō walk with him in the morning and greeted him at the end of each day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when Professor Ueno did not return. The professor had suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and died, never returning to the train station where Hachikō was waiting. Every day for the next nine years the dog waited at Shibuya station. Hachikō Monogatari is a melodramatic film that tells the true story of friendship, trust and affection of Japan's most faithful dog "Hachi", whose bronze statue, to this day, stands watch over Shibuya Station, Tokyo.
Style: sincere, clever, serious, emotional, realistic
Audience: date night
Plot: friends, friendship, best friends, dog, bittersweet, pets, loyalty, waiting, owner dog relationship, dog actor, dog movie
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, 20s, 30s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

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Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.
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Plot: dog, friendship, loyalty, friends, pets, loss of friend, animals, life & death, loneliness, death, human animal relationship, animal training ...
Time: contemporary, 1930s
Place: japan, usa, rhode island
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Saving Shiloh (2006)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
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Style: serious, captivating, touching, sincere, saga
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Time: contemporary
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Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: As a Labrador puppy, Quill is sent to live with a couple, Isamu and Mitsuko Nii, who work as volunteers, training guide dogs (seeing eye dogs). When he grows to an adult dog, he is taken to a guide dog school, by a friendly, yet firm trainer Satoru ...
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Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, touching, anthology
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Duration: 90 min.
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Duration: 107 min.
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Duration: 90 min.
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Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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Style: serious, realistic, captivating, sincere
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