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

$10,919, 13 May 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$145,697, 19 August 2012
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Shinkansen wanted to make a movie to promote their bullettrains. They approached Koreeda, an avid trainlover. He came up with this movie. See more »

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Featured in A Story of Children and Film (2013) See more »

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CHUUOU EKI NITE
Written by Quruli
Performed by Quruli
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A nice film, definitely not a GREAT film
15 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

Siblings try to find a way out of the circumstances imposed on them by their parents. Their lives are turned upside down when their parents divorce and custody arrangements split them up. Twelve-year-old Koichi ends up with his mother Nozomi, and they move in with her parents in a small village where she gets a job at a supermarket. Koichi's younger brother Ryunosuke, meanwhile, moves in with his dad Kenji, a struggling musician who can't hold on to a day job. The brothers miss each other and want to bring their parents back together, and when they hear of an urban legend that if two people make the same wish at the same time while watching two bullet trains pass one another, the wish will immediately come true, they decide this is the way to reunite the family.

It has its funny moments and it reminds you of your childhood (if you are more that 25 years old haha). The concept idea is a good one and the performance its quite good too. I was expecting way more to say the true, but everyone has its own tastes. Worth watching? 1 time, yes.


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