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I Wish (2011)
"Kiseki" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  11 June 2011 (Japan)
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12-year-old Koichi, who has been separated from his brother Ryunosuke due to his parents' divorce, begins to believe that the new bullet train service will create a miracle when the first trains pass each other at top speed.

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Mr. Sakagami (Teacher)
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Kenji (Father)
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Ms. Mimura (Teacher)
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Wataru (Grandfather's Friend)
Kanna Hashimoto ...
Kanna
Yui Natsukawa ...
Kyoko (Megumi's Mother)
Kirin Kiki ...
Hideko (Grandmother)
Isao Hashizume ...
Shukichi (Grandfather)
Nene Ohtsuka ...
Nozomi (Mother)
Lily ...
Higashi's Wife
Koki Maeda ...
Koichi
Kyara Uchida ...
Megumi
Yuri Nakamura ...
Ms. Aoki - Nurse
Ryôsei Tayama ...
Wataru's Friend
Ohshirô 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 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 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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$10,919 (USA) (11 May 2012)

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$145,697 (USA) (17 August 2012)
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Common movie that's uncommon
20 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kouichi (Kouki Maeda) and Ryunosuke (Oushiro Maeda) who's parents are separated and now lives apart in Fukuoka, and Kagoshima hears about a rumor that if you see the meeting of the first bullet trains from Fukuoka and Kagoshima, a miracle will happen. Wishing that the miracle will be the reunion of their parents, they set out to see the meeting of the two trains, while involving their friends, teachers, and adults around them.

Child prodigy stand up comic team Maeda-Maeda performs the role of Kouichi, and Ryunosuke. Director Hirokazu Koreeda originally had a different plot for the story, where a girl living in Fukuoka, goes to see the two trains crossing each other on the track, meets a boy from Hakata and love story ensues. But upon seeing Maeda-Maeda at the audition, he changed the story to that which involves the two brothers. The project was a promotional campaign for the opening of the Kagoshima route of Japan Railways bullet train line. They brought the project to director Koreeda, and he accepted.

Very common story that involves nothing but the life of few children, but is made extraordinary by the direction of Koreeda, and the performance of Maeda brothers. Observation of people in common life, and attention to detail is extraordinary, and can only come from the eyes of a genius. I can see why Koreeda is regarded so highly as a director. I'd say only few directors can take a theme like this, and create a truly intriguing movie like this one.

In reality it is virtually impossible to pinpoint where the two trains will meet on the track, so the story is purely fictional.

It may be difficult to see all the inner workings of this movie at a first glance, but it is worth the time to sit in and really enjoy the performance.


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