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I Wish (2011)

Kiseki (original title)
PG | | Drama | 11 June 2011 (Japan)
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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)
5 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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

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

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

Goofs

Ryu's three friends would all appear to be girls, including not just obviously Megumi and Kanna but also Rento. Yet Rento is referred to late in the film as "he" and "him" in what seems to be a mistaken translation or identification in the subtitles. Study Rento's clothing throughout the film and Rento is dressed like a girl, with feminine knee-high knickers, a low-cut top after swimming, generally feminine colors in her garb, a polka-dot blouse, and generally girlish facial characteristics. See more »

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Featured in A Story of Children and Film (2013) See more »

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NEGAI
Written by Quruli
Performed by Quruli
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When The Train Comes Along . . .
22 February 2013 | by flickernaticSee all my reviews

This is the story of two young Japanese brothers who live apart following the break-up of their parents' relationship. The older boy dreams of his family reuniting and prays for a miraculous intervention in the form of a volcanic eruption, hoping this might lead to his evacuation from his grandparents' region and a return home. Then, when he discovers that the passing of the speeding Bullet trains, approaching from opposite directions, creates a 'cosmic' moment during which wishes are granted, he sets out with a few friends to meet his brother at the meeting point on the railway line. There they make their wishes - with varying results.

The two brothers are forced to deal with the consequences of their parents' choices, ones they have had no part in making. Their belief, to varying degrees, in the power of 'faith' (believing that wishes can come true) then leads them to have to face the consequences of their own choices. Given their youthful immaturity, there is real poignancy in witnessing their confrontation with some harsh realities.

The movie features brilliant performances from the young actors and an excellent supporting cast of adults. There is also gorgeous and evocative cinematography, scenes of the Japanese countryside and its urban impositions, not least the Bullet line itself elevated on its concrete trackbed.

It takes some time, too long perhaps, for the story to gain momentum. But once the youngsters embark on their journey to meet the trains, the story moves at a brisker, more engaging pace. The climax (yes there is a climax, contrary to the view of another reviewer) brings moments of intense beauty and sharp sadness, regret for the loss of childish innocence of as well as optimism in the hope for a better future.

So this is a slow-burner, but persistence brings rewards. Recommended.

(Viewed at The Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK 21.02.13)


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Country:

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 June 2011 (Japan) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,919, 13 May 2012

Gross USA:

$145,808

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,371,548
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1.85 : 1
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