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I Wish (2011)

Kiseki (original title)
PG | | Drama | 11 June 2011 (Japan)
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Twelve-year-old Koichi, who has been separated from his brother Ryunosuke due to his parents' divorce, hears a rumor that the new bullet trains will precipitate a wish-granting miracle when they pass each other at top speed.

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Ms. Mimura (Teacher)
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Mr. Sakagami (Teacher)
Joe Odagiri ...
Kenji (Father)
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Hideko (Grandmother)
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Wataru (Grandfather's Friend)
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Kanna
Yui Natsukawa ...
Kyoko (Megumi's Mother)
Isao Hashizume ...
Shukichi (Grandfather)
Kyara Uchida ...
Megumi
Nene Ohtsuka ...
Nozomi (Mother)
Yuri Nakamura ...
Ms. Aoki - Nurse
Ohshirô Maeda ...
Ryunosuke
Lily ...
Higashi's Wife
Kôki Maeda ...
Koichi (as Koki Maeda)
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Storyline

In Kagoshima, the boy Koichi lives with his mother Nozomi in the house of his grandparents. Koichi misses his younger brother Ryunosuke and his father Kenji, who live in Fukuoka, and he dreams of his family coming together again. One day, Koichi overhears that the energy released by two bullet trains passing by each other would grant wishes and he invites his two best friends, Tasuku and Makoto, to travel to the point of intersection of the two trains. Koichi also tells his plan to Ryunosuke that invites his three best friends to join him. Soon the seven children arrive to the meeting point in the journey of discoveries. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements, language and smoking | See all certifications »
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$10,919 (USA) (13 May 2012)

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$145,697 (USA) (19 August 2012)
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The film's Japanese title, Kiseki, literally means Miracle. See more »

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more magic from Koreeda
23 April 2012 | by (jamesdamnbrown.com) – See all my reviews

If, as many have pointed out, Koreeda is Ozu's cinematic heir, then I Wish is Koreeda's take on Ozu's Good Morning. Both films focus on adorable young kids and Japanese family life, and I have no qualms about saying between the two films, Koreeda easily outdoes Ozu. Not only is Koreeda's depiction of children subtler and more intuitive (no fart jokes here), but he coaxes wonderfully naturalistic performances from his child actors. Is there a director alive who does better work with kids than Koreeda? The movie really takes flight once the kids hit the road on their quest, and I loved the Ozu-ish part where they meet an elderly couple that takes in all the children for a night. Just a wonderful movie with tons of heart. Puts the human in humanistic filmmaking.


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