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

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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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Writer:
Hirokazu Koreeda (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 June 2011 (Japan) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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3 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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A philosophical yet thoroughly accessible film that effortlessly gets under the skin. See more (16 total) »

Cast

 

Hiroshi Abe ... Mr. Sakagami (Teacher)

Masami Nagasawa ... Ms. Mimura (Teacher)
Jô Odagiri ... Kenji (Father)
Kanna Hashimoto ... Kanna

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

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Also Known As:
"Kiseki" - Japan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for mild thematic elements, language and smoking
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128 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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POOL TO TAKOYAKI TO SHI BUSSee more »

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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A philosophical yet thoroughly accessible film that effortlessly gets under the skin., 14 February 2013
Author: Ben Smith from London, UK

Lighthearted but profound Japanese family drama about two young brothers forced to live apart after the separation of their parents. The more sensitive Koichi (Koki Maeda) lives with his mother and grandparents in Kagoshima under the shadow of the active Sakurajima volcano, while the happy-go-lucky Ryu (Ohshirô Maeda) has remained in Fukuoka with their slacker musician father. Koichi longs for them to be reunited and when he hears of a magical rumour that when two super-fast Bullet trains pass each other they create enough cosmic energy to grant your wish, he and his friends set out to put things back the way they were.

The suburban tale of a troubled family told with a touch of fantasy and adventure draws obvious parallels with Spielberg, and it is more than worthy of the comparison. Director Hirokazu Koreeda elicits two incredibly natural performances from the boys (real life brothers) and indeed all of the young cast – in the scenes where they're hanging out he has seemingly turned the camera on some local school friends, their relationships seem so genuine. Koichi and Ryu's story is interspersed with those of their friends and family, all of whom have their own struggles and aspirations. Be it their grandfather's desire to bake a successful sponge cake, or Koichi's friend's dream of marrying the beautiful school librarian, every character – no matter how minor – is portrayed as a real person with their own hopes and fears. As a result it is constantly engrossing, establishing an affinity with everyone on screen and also allowing some fantastically warm funny moments to emerge from the characters themselves. Despite its concentration on character over narrative, and its general unpredictability, the film still has a mainstream tone and is more than capable of cultivating a wide, varied audience.

A quiet natural film that avoids obvious melodrama and sentimentality, it retains a thoughtful depth about what it is to dream and hope for that which is just out of reach. As is often the case with the most affecting cinema its power lies in what the viewer brings to it from their own lives, and how much they are willing to invest in the film. With no obvious moral or message, it has the potential to be interpreted in many ways. A philosophical yet thoroughly accessible film that effortlessly gets under the skin.

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