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Wednesday, 8th July 2009
In Japan Entertainment News,

Gere falls for Hachiko

Richard Gere has spoken about his latest film which retells the story of a faithful Japanese dog.

Associated Press reports how the actor described himself as "second class" in the movie inspired by Hachiko, a dog who never stopped waiting for his master even after the man's death.

Japanese legend tells of how Hachiko would wait at Shibuya train station for his master and carried on doing so for ten years after the man had died.

While the story of Hachiko was told in a film in 1987, Gere's movie takes the plot to a Rhode Island location, though Japanese Akita dogs are used.

According to the Internet Movie Database, Gere's film, titled Hachiko: A Dog's Story, was written by Stephen P Lindsey and Kaneto Shindo.

The cast includes Sarah Roemer, Joan Allen and Jason Alexander.

Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, the film is being released later this summer.

Written by Graham McPherson