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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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Simple and Sensitive Tale of Loss of Innocence See more (16 total) »

Cast

 

Hiroshi Abe ... Mr. Sakagami (Teacher)
Jô Odagiri ... Kenji (Father)

Masami Nagasawa ... Ms. Mimura (Teacher)

Yoshio Harada ... Wataru (Grandfather's Friend)
Kanna Hashimoto ... Kanna
Kirin Kiki ... Hideko (Grandmother)
Isao Hashizume ... Shukichi (Grandfather)
Yui Natsukawa ... Kyoko (Megumi's Mother)
Nene Ohtsuka ... Nozomi (Mother)
Yuri Nakamura ... Ms. Aoki - Nurse
Kyara Uchida ... Megumi
Ohshirô Maeda ... Ryunosuke
Kôki Maeda ... Koichi (as Koki Maeda)
Lily ... Higashi's Wife
Ryôsei Tayama ... Wataru's Friend
Chôei Takahashi ... Higashi
Masahito Irie ... Kenji's Friend
Ryôga Hayashi ... Tasuku
Shunsuke Godai ... Wataru's Friend
Rento Isobe ... Rento
Yûna Taira
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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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Simple and Sensitive Tale of Loss of Innocence, 17 August 2013
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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