Richard Gere and friend in a scene from "Hachi: A Dog's Tale."
Richard Gere and friend in a scene from “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale.”

“Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” (2009) will be screened outdoors on Friday, July 17, at the InterContinental Los Angeles Century City at Beverly Hills, 2151 Avenue of the Stars in Los Angeles.

Gates open at 6 p.m. Screening at 8 p.m. (depending on sunset).

Based on a true story that happened in Japan, “Hachi” is about a college professor’s bond with an abandoned dog he takes into his home. After the professor dies, the dog continues to wait for him at the train station every day for years. The story was told in a Japanese movie, “Hachiko Monogatari.” A statue of the dog stands at Shibuya Station in Tokyo.

Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, the U.S. version stars Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Jason Alexander and Erick Avari.

Following the screening there will be a Q&A with producer Vicki Shigekuni Wong, who brought Hachiko’s popular tale to America.

The real-life “Hachi” from the movie will be presented for all to meet.

Open seating — bring your own blankets and lawn chairs.

Presented by the Japan Society of Southern California. Admission is $30, which includes bento box dinner and parking. To RSVP, go to Must reserve by July 10 to guarantee food order. No outside food or beverages permitted.

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