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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)
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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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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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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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Simple and Sensitive Tale of Loss of Innocence
17 August 2013 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Kagoshima, the boy Koichi (Koki Maeda) lives with his mother Nozomi (Nene Ohtsuka) in the house of his grandparents. Koichi misses his younger brother Ryunosuke (Ohshirô Maeda) and his father Kenji (Jô Odagiri), who live in Fokuoko, and he dreams on 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 (Ryôga Hayashi) and Makoto (Seinosuke Nagayoshi), 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.

"Kiseki" is a simple and sensitive tale of loss of innocence of children that need to face reality instead of immature and naive dreams. The come of age of Koichi that accepts the divorce of his parents and of Megumi (Kyara Uchida) that decides to move to Tokyo to become an actress and Makoto that decides to bury his dog are clearly are depicted in the story. Ryunosuke is still a child and believes that his wish is the responsible for the chance his father and his friends will have in their career of musicians.

The direction of Hirokazu Koreeda and the performances are top-notch and the movie shows landscapes of the countryside of Japan that are unusual in Japanese features. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Que Eu Mais Desejo" ("What I Desire the Most")


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