Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Hachikō - The Faithful

While surfing through the net I came across across this wonderful story of Hachikō the faithful dog. Hachikō is a Japanese Akita dog. In 1924 Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor took Hachikō as a pet. Hachikō used to greet its master everyday at Shibuya Station when the professor returns from work.

In May 1925, the professor suffered from cerebral hemorrhage and died and never returned to the station. Hachikō continued to wait at the station everyday for its master for the next nine years. This faithful act of Hachikō attracted the attention of the commuters. This faithful act of Hachikō was honored by the Japanese and a bronze statue was erected at the station. Also one of the exits at the station is named as 'Hachikō Exit'

Hachikō Statue at Shibuya Station

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Gran Torino

Its been a long time since I felt like writing about a movie I saw. Gran Torino, directed and produced by the man, more famously known as 'The Man With No Name' than Clint Eastwood. At first I saw this movie's commercial in Star Movies. Once while surfing the net I saw that imdb had rated this movie 8.4. I thought I will give it a shot and downloaded the movie without even reading the synopsis.

I like Clint Eastwood and his movie. 'The Man With No Name' trilogy was of course the best. But there is no point in watching any of his movies without watching the trilogy. Cause those movies set a benchmark for his characterization. Once I made a mistake of watching one of his movies before watching the trilogy and I didn't like the movie at all. But then after watching the trilogy I saw the same movie again and only then I realized the specialty of that movie. Gran Torino is no different. If you had watched the trilogy and loved it, you will like this movie.

Clint Eastwood is no longer a young cowboy. But he is the only actor in this world who can portray an Action Hero even at an age of 78. Even at an age of 78 'Get off my lawn' sounds really dangerous and 'I blow a hole in your face and sleep like a baby' sounds like he is a person who means each and every word that comes out of his mouth. Even though the movie is slow, as it gets to the climax, it gets as thrilling as the trilogy.

Overall I would rate this movie 9/10, mostly for Clint's acting and for reminding me the great climaxes of the Man With No Name trilogy.