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I Wish

  • Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Language: Japanese (w/ English subtitles)
  • Running Time: 128 min.

Twelve-year-old Koichi lives with his mother and retired grandparents in Kagoshima, in the southern region of Kyushu, Japan. His younger brother Ryunosuke lives with their father in Hakata, northern Kyushu. The brothers have been separated by their parents’ divorce and Koichi’s only wish is for his family to be reunited. When he learns that a new bullet train line will soon open, linking the two towns, he starts to believe that a miracle will take place the moment these new trains first pass each other at top speed. With help from the adults around him, Koichi sets out on a journey with a group of friends, each hoping to witness a miracle that will improve their difficult lives.(Magnolia Pictures)

"Kore-eda does extraordinary work with his young cast, who deliver gentle, natural performances in a beautifully told story of heartbreak and hope. Deceptively modest and utterly lovely, it's one of the most magical films about childhood I have ever seen."
- Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"I Wish is still amply Kore-eda-esque, full of life, heart, and funny little details about daily existence, as it meanders its way toward moments of real profundity."
- Noel Murray, The A.V. Club
"A wonderful adventure film that's no less thrilling for its modest scale, and a film whose emotional power and intelligence sneak up on you."
- Andrew O'Hehir,
"The marvelous Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda shows a strong affinity for the humors and longings of childhood. It's an adult movie about children that feels made from the inside out."
- Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"This wise and funny film, in Japanese with English subtitles, works small miracles in depicting the pivotal moment when kids turn from the wishfulness of childhood into shaping the world for themselves."
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal