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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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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)

Kirin Kiki ... Hideko (Grandmother)
Joe Odagiri ... Kenji (Father)

Yoshio Harada ... Wataru (Grandfather's Friend)
Kyara Uchida ... Megumi
Yui Natsukawa ... Kyoko (Megumi's Mother)
Kanna Hashimoto ... Kanna

Yûna Taira
Isao Hashizume ... Shukichi (Grandfather)
Yuri Nakamura ... Ms. Aoki - Nurse
Lily ... Higashi's Wife
Nene Ohtsuka ... Nozomi (Mother)
Ryôsei Tayama ... Wataru's Friend
Ohshirô Maeda ... Ryunosuke
Chôei Takahashi ... Higashi
Kôki Maeda ... Koichi (as Koki Maeda)
Shunsuke Godai ... Wataru's Friend
Kazuaki Shimizu ... Policeman
Rento Isobe ... Rento
Masahito Irie ... Kenji's Friend
Ryôga Hayashi ... Tasuku
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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Kore-eda in cruise control, 22 July 2013
Author: CountZero313 from Japan

Pre-teen brothers Ryunosuke and Koichi (played by real-life brothers Ohshirô and Koki Maeda) are forced to live apart when their separated parents end up residing in opposite ends of Kyushu. Ryunosuke broods on this, while Koichi seems more at ease with the arrangements. Together, the brothers hatch a plan to meet at the point where the new shinkansen trains pass each other, after hearing an urban legend that the vortex created by the speed of the trains has the power to grant wishes. Meanwhile, granddad tries out a new sponge cake recipe, a friend of Koichi's has acting ambitions, and Dad is writing a new song.

The usual Kore-eda themes of fractured families and kids finding magic in a flawed universe are present, but by the director's own standards this is a much lighter, almost sugar-coated engagement with those themes. There is the signature naturalistic, engrossing performances from the child actors, with Ohshirô as Ryunosuke especially impressive in his conflicted, caring attempts to be re-united with his brother. Koki is more of a one-note outing, required to be relentlessly upbeat, which he does superbly. The scene where he moves his mother to tears on the phone plays on this astutely. Forcing two young brothers to live apart for their own selfish ends could be represented in darker tones, even as abuse, but Kore-eda keeps it all light and humorous, through the simple trope of having the children be sensible and down-to-earth, and the adults, especially the bickering parents, petty and immature. The sub-plots, involving sponge cake and acting ambitions, are so removed from the main story strand that they give the film an episodic, slightly meandering feel when they pop up. Ultimately they are distracting, making the story busier than it needs to be. They also stretch the running time to over two hours. While some will delight in spending time with such engaging children, the film felt flabby to me after the 90-minute mark. The ending, while admirably avoiding sentimentality, takes too long to come around.

Such is Kore-eda's stature that a host of A-listers pack the minor roles giving them more gravitas than normal. Jô Odagiri as the musician father, Kirin Kiki as the grandmother, and Hiroshi Abe as a disciplinarian teacher ply their day-shifts admirably.

There is a lot to enjoy in I Wish, but lacking the damning social critique of Nobody Knows, and the acerbic scalpel on family life of Still Walking, this is Kore-eda choosing to crowd please rather than stretch himself.

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