Free passes

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GOLDEN Screen Cine­mas (GSC) is giv­ing away free passes to read­ers of StarTwo to watch Hachiko: A Dog’s Story at GSC Mid Val­ley in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 27 at 7pm. Just send an e-mail to iloveg­sc­movies@ gmail.com with your full name and IC and mo­bile num­bers. The first 50 lucky read­ers will each win two passes to be re­deemed on the screen­ing date with this cut-out coupon. Win­ners will be no­ti­fied of the re­demp­tion de­tails by GSC via e-mail. re­sponds to that. That sense of loy­alty, that sense of I’m al­ways gonna be there for you. And it’s re­ally, re­ally pow­er­ful and deep stuff.”

Sil­ver-haired Gere’s char­ac­ter oozes com­pas­sion for Hachiko from the very be­gin­ning of the story, much to the cha­grin of his wife Cate. Cate does not want Parker to keep the lost Akita puppy he brings home one night from the train sta­tion, but he can’t seem to shake him off.

Parker feels a con­nec­tion, and he feels needed, and this is where his in­tegrity comes into play.

“The re­la­tion­ship he has with the dog is based on a very non-ra­tio­nal con­nec­tion. That re­ally in­ter­ested me,” said Gere. Parker is as loyal to Hachiko as the dog is to him.

Work­ing with sev­eral Akita dogs that played Hachiko, Gere felt strongly about them.

“These are not the kind of dogs you can buy with treats, they ei­ther like you or they don’t. An Akita makes a con­nec­tion or it doesn’t.”

Ak­i­tas are very dis­cern­ing and par­tic­u­lar dogs and as Gere re­calls, “the train­ers were very ap­pre­hen­sive about me meet­ing the dogs be­cause these dogs make up their mind right away and if they don’t like you, there is no go­ing back.

“So, you know, we spent a lot of time putting this movie to­gether and a lot was bank­ing on this moment I met the dogs. I was al­most afraid to pet them.”

But it all worked out and Gere was ac­cepted into “the tribe”. – Com­piled­bySe­toKitYan n Hachiko:ADog’sS­tory opens to­day ex­clu­sively at GSC In­ter­na­tional Screens (GSC Mid Val­ley, GSC Pavil­ion KL and GSC 1 Utama in the Klang Val­ley).

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