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I Wish (2011)

Kiseki (original title)
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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.

Director:

Hirokazu Koreeda

Writer:

Hirokazu Koreeda (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Masami Nagasawa ... Ms. Mimura (Teacher)
Hiroshi Abe ... Mr. Sakagami (Teacher)
Kirin Kiki ... Hideko (Grandmother)
Kanna Hashimoto ... Kanna
Joe Odagiri ... Kenji (Father)
Yoshio Harada ... Wataru (Grandfather's Friend)
Yûna Taira
Kyara Uchida Kyara Uchida ... Megumi
Yui Natsukawa Yui Natsukawa ... Kyoko (Megumi's Mother)
Yuri Nakamura Yuri Nakamura ... Ms. Aoki - Nurse
Isao Hashizume Isao Hashizume ... Shukichi (Grandfather)
Chôei Takahashi Chôei Takahashi ... Higashi
Ohshirô Maeda Ohshirô Maeda ... Ryunosuke
Kôki Maeda Kôki Maeda ... Koichi (as Koki Maeda)
Ryôsei Tayama Ryôsei Tayama ... Wataru's Friend
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Storyline

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 Fukuoka, and he dreams of 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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements, language and smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 June 2011 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

I Wish See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,919, 13 May 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$145,697, 19 August 2012
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Shinkansen wanted to make a movie to promote their bullettrains. They approached Koreeda, an avid trainlover. He came up with this movie. See more »

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Common movie that's uncommon
20 July 2012 | by ebiros2See 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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