"Huh? Hachi: A Dog's Tale? What... what is that?" These are the presumably the thoughts of anybody who has stumbled upon Hachi: A Dog's Tale whilst browsing the IMDb 250, because it's not the name of a movie you'd expect to appear alongside the likes of The Wizard of Oz and Persona, is it? The next step, of course, is to presume that Hachi: A Dog's Tale is an old Japanese film directed by Kurosawa or Ozu or something - a forgotten masterpiece. And then the realisation sets in: Hachi: A Dog's Tale is a movie made in 2009 starring Richard Gere. And not a very good one at that. Based on the true Japanese story of a college professor and his relationship with his loveable hound, this movie is just downright bonkers. Look at the poster: Gere just stroking a dog, expecting audiences to say, "yes, that's fine." Well, it's not... and God only knows how such broad, bland claptrap found its way onto the list.