April 8, 2009

The Mysteries of Hachiko

(In Tomigaya.)

I had never heard of Hachiko sauce until I saw this sign advertising said sauce, but apparently it isn't too different from tonkatsu sauce.

Speaking of Hachiko popping up in unexpected places:

I am finding it very hard to rationalize the existence of this film. Hachiko is is an undeniable part of Tokyo's pop lore, but the story itself is not particularly remarkable. Geography is everything. This makes it all the more puzzling that
Hachiko: A Dog's Story is set in a small American town, with American actors. Replace the name Hachiko with Fido and you would most likely have a run-of-the-mill, man-and-his-best-friend story.

Yet, the film has managed to gather a fair amount of pedigree (director Lasse Hallström, actors Richard Gere and Joan Allen), unlike, say, the upcoming
Dragonball Evolution, with its D-list cast (Justin Chatwin, Emmy Rossum). The cynic in me smirks because Hachiko was partly financed by Shochiku, a Japanese film distribution company, and stars Gere, whose still has popularity votes left over in Japan from Pretty Woman. I almost wish this film would forgo its American release and head straight to Japan (where the money is in the first place), just to save everyone else from embarrassment.

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