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I Wish (2011) More at IMDbPro »Kiseki (original title)

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I Wish -- Two brothers, separated by their parents' divorce and now on opposite sides of Japan, wish for a miracle to bring their family back together.
I Wish -- 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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11 June 2011 (Japan) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Hiroshi Abe ... Mr. Sakagami (Teacher)

Masami Nagasawa ... Ms. Mimura (Teacher)
Joe Odagiri ... Kenji (Father)

Kirin Kiki ... Hideko (Grandmother)

Yoshio Harada ... Wataru (Grandfather's Friend)
Kyara Uchida ... Megumi
Kanna Hashimoto ... Kanna
Yui Natsukawa ... Kyoko (Megumi's Mother)
Nene Ohtsuka ... Nozomi (Mother)
Yuri Nakamura ... Ms. Aoki - Nurse
Lily ... Higashi's Wife
Ryôsei Tayama ... Wataru's Friend
Ohshirô Maeda ... Ryunosuke
Isao Hashizume ... Shukichi (Grandfather)
Ryôga Hayashi ... Tasuku
Kôki Maeda ... Koichi (as Koki Maeda)
Yûna Taira
Chôei Takahashi ... Higashi
Rento Isobe ... Rento
Masahito Irie ... Kenji's Friend
Shunsuke Godai ... Wataru's Friend
Kazuaki Shimizu ... Policeman
Seinosuke Nagayoshi ... Makoto

Directed by
Hirokazu Koreeda 
Writing credits
Hirokazu Koreeda (screenplay)

Produced by
Kentarô Koike .... producer
Satomi Odake .... co-producer
Hijiri Taguchi .... producer
Cinematography by
Yutaka Yamazaki (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Hirokazu Koreeda 
Casting by
Yoshiko Arae 
Sound Department
Akihiko Okase .... sound effects

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Also Known As:
"Kiseki" - Japan (original title)
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Rated PG for mild thematic elements, language and smoking
128 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »

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The film's Japanese title, Kiseki, literally means Miracle.See more »
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15 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Common movie that's uncommon, 20 July 2012
Author: ebiros2 from United States

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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