First reaction: Hachiko… oh hey, it’s a story about that Akita that waited for his dead master every day for years. AWESOME!
Second reaction: OMG SHIBA SQUEEE!
Third reaction: Wait a minute… that Shiba is supposed to be an Akita puppy? MOVIE RUINED.
Fourth reaction: Oh, god, now Shibas are going to be in the North American public eye! PANIC.
Fifth reaction: ALL FILMMAKERS MUST DIE.
ETA: Here’s a clip from the 1987 movie Hachiko monogatori – starring a real Akita puppy playing Hachiko as a young dog, even!
Thanks to Gail who sent me this!
Here’s the Wikipedia entry on Hachiko