OK, this probably won't interest many unless they live or are familiar with area's of Woonsocket but to give a little back story....this was originally a Japanese film based on the true story of a man and his dog. They started filming a US remake in my hometown of Woonsocket and I witnessed the transformation and fictitious makeover off a now defunct train station depot there into one called Bedridge Station.
You could see filming taking place on various days and get camcorder footage of the events and actors in the movie. They had an actual fake dog that was used in some scenes and the snow on the ground was nothing more than rolled out cotton sheets, etc. The round brick work in front of the station, the clock, and store fronts across the street...all props set up for the movie and an entertaining thing to see for those familiar with the regular backdrop settings.
The movie's bio reads as:
This heartwarming true story is an American adaptation of a Japanese tale about a loyal dog named Hachiko. This very special friend would accompany his master to the train station every day and return each afternoon to greet him after work. Sadly his master departs one day, passes away and never returns to the station. Hachiko faithfully returns to the same spot at the station the very next day, and every day for the next nine years to wait for his beloved master. During his daily visits, Hachiko touches the lives of many who work near and commute through the town square. He teaches the local people love, compassion and above all unyielding loyalty. Today, a bronze statue of Hachiko sits in his waiting spot outside the Shibuya station in Japan as a permanent reminder of his devotion and love.
* Richard Gere
* Joan Allen
* Sarah Roemer
* Jason Alexander
* Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
* Erick Avari
* Davenia McFadden
Richard Gere is of course known for his many roles in film. Joan Allen is best known(to me) for her role in Pleasantville (great movie). Of course we all known Jason Alexander for his role in Seinfeld.
I believe the US release date will open on June 13th 2009.
The official trailor is here: