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).