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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)
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Cast

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

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

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KAGOSHIMA OHARA BUSHI
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more magic from Koreeda
23 April 2012 | by jamesdamnbrownSee all my reviews

If, as many have pointed out, Koreeda is Ozu's cinematic heir, then I Wish is Koreeda's take on Ozu's Good Morning. Both films focus on adorable young kids and Japanese family life, and I have no qualms about saying between the two films, Koreeda easily outdoes Ozu. Not only is Koreeda's depiction of children subtler and more intuitive (no fart jokes here), but he coaxes wonderfully naturalistic performances from his child actors. Is there a director alive who does better work with kids than Koreeda? The movie really takes flight once the kids hit the road on their quest, and I loved the Ozu-ish part where they meet an elderly couple that takes in all the children for a night. Just a wonderful movie with tons of heart. Puts the human in humanistic filmmaking.


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