Dogs are not just excellent pets; they also make for very interesting movie protagonists. Yes! Dogs can make you laugh and they can definitely make you cry too. Here are two flicks about dogs that will surely make you cry.
A Tale of Mari and the Three Puppies (2007)
The Japanese movie A Tale of Mari and the Three Puppies tells about the story of a faithful dog that helped rescue her adoptive family during the 2004 Chūetsu earthquake. Mari, a Shiba Inu dog, is the Ishikawa family’s loyal pet. During the earthquake, the Ishikawa family isn’t together; the father is in a nearby town, the son is doing extra work at school and the grandfather and daughter are left at home with Mari and her three newborn puppies. Both the father and the son emerge safe from the incident and are reunited at a rehabilitation center. Unfortunately, the grandfather and daughter get trapped in their house after it collapsed. Mari, who escape unscathed during the quake seeks help and finds military rescue workers. Because of the aftershocks and the damages that the earthquake causes, people are advised to abandon the place. Unfortunately the rescue workers cannot take Mari and her three puppies to the relocation site. Mari and her puppies get left behind and have to survive on their own.
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2010)
Based on the true story of a Japanese Akita named Hachiko who was commended for his devotion to his master, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale is one of the most successful and heartbreaking movies of all time. The movie, which stars Richard Gere and Joan Allen, tells about the loyalty of an Akita dog to his owner until his final breath. Parker Wilson (Gere), a university professor, finds an Akita puppy on a train station; he decided to take it home with a full intention of returning it to its rightful owner, but he couldn’t find the person. He named the dog Hachi after the symbol on his collar and their friendship begins to blossom. Hachi would accompany Wilson on the train station as his master leaves for work and would come back at the exact time that Wilson is bound for home. Unfortunately, Wilson dies while working. When his master does not come home to the train station, Hachi gets fetched by Michael, Wilson’s son-in law. But the next day and for the next ten years, the dog would never miss going back to the train station waiting for his master to come home.