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I Wish (Kiseki) [DVD]

Koki Maeda , Ohshirô Maeda , Hirokazu Kore-eda    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Koki Maeda, Ohshirô Maeda, Hiroshi Abe
  • Directors: Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 27 May 2013
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,301 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Ryu and Koichi are brothers who have been separated by divorce: stoic, grounded 12-year-old Koichi lives dutifully in coastal Kagoshima with his mother and grandparents, while 10-year-old tearaway Ryu is living it up with his deadbeat musician dad in urban Kyushu. Meanwhile, the Kyushu train line connecting these two cities is nearing completion and Koichi hears a rumour that when the first two trains pass each other a miracle will occur and wishes will be granted to all those who witness it. With this in mind the brothers set out with a plan to reunite their family.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful heartwarming film 3 July 2013
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
This is one of those films that puts a smile on your face. It is all about 12 year old Koichi who has been separated from his little brother after his parents split up. He talks to his little brother all the time by mobile and just wants the whole family to be reunited. He has gone to live with his mother in his grand parents house in the sight of an ever angry volcano near the coats. Father and brother are many miles away in Fukuoakia.

Then they hear of the start of the new bullet train service and a knowing friend has heard that the energy produced when two of the trains pass each other is of such magnitude, that if you are present and make a wish at the same time, then that wish will come true. So armed with this news he decides it is his best chance to reunite his family. He tells Ryunoske of his plan who in turn tells his friends. Problem is they need the rail fare, so must also come up with some cunning plans to raise the cash for the plan to work.

It sounds pretty basic, but it is one of those films that although it is about the hope and dreams of children can translate across the generational divide. All of the little actors do a great job especially the two brothers who get that innocence and cunning in equal measure to be completely believable. This might be down to the direction of Hirokazu Koreeda who has allowed all the characters to have both their flaws and their strengths to great effect. In Japanese with good sub titles, this is a heartfelt film that does not shirk from the real issues around familial break down but also manages to bring the hope and innocence of youth into the mix for a genuinely enjoyable film experience.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Hirokazu Koreeda's `I Wish' sees real-life brothers Koki and Ohshirô Maeda play Koichi and Ryu, two brothers who are geographically split in Japan by their parents who have split up. Twelve year old Koichi stays with his mother Nozomi (Nene Ohtsuka), who has returned home to Kagoshima to live with her parents. Ryu lives with his laid-back father Kenji (Jô Odagiri) in Osaka, whos's pursuing his ambitions as a musician.

No mention is made of why Nozomi and Kenji had split up, or why the brothers were split themselves to live with one parent. I can only surmise that the arrangement was temporary, so each parent had equal parental duties. Kagoshima is under the imposing shadow of a live volcano which is threatening to erupt, which fascinates Koichi. Although `I Wish' has a plethora of characters who are young and old, the focus is on young Koichi and Ryu. Koichi is the more introspective son, Ryu is easygoing and smiles a lot between those gap-teeth of his.

Koichi and Ryu regularly call each other to keep in touch, but rarely see each other. News of a new bullet trains imminent arrival spurs Koichi into action, he's heard that anyone who witnesses the exact moment where two bullet trains pass one another will have their wishes granted. Koichi and Ryu hatch a plan to meet up and attempt to witness this passing, hoping to restore their family back together again.

`I Wish' is an honestly portrayed and deeply moving film, brimming with energy and intelligence, with not an ounce of sentimentality. There's plenty of subtle comical moments used to charming effect, Ryu's chat with his father about child support in particular is hilarious.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It will keep playing in your mind 23 Jun 2013
By Alice
There are a few scenes in this lovely, delicate film where emotions are so strong that they can't be expressed in language, and the director takes the viewer to unexpected levels of understanding through metonymy and abstraction. In other words, visual poetry. Such a haunting piece of work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good fiim (Tereble subtitles) 20 Jan 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
As my wife is Japanese, The subtitles to what was said by the actors had no link, Also most of what they said was left out. On this
it was worth NO STARS RATING.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Lighthearted but profound Japanese family drama about two young brothers forced to live apart after the separation of their parents. The more sensitive Koichi (Koki Maeda) lives with his mother and grandparents in Kagoshima under the shadow of the active Sakurajima volcano, while the happy-go-lucky Ryu (Ohshirô Maeda) has remained in Fukuoka with their slacker musician father. Koichi longs for them to be reunited and when he hears of a magical rumour that when two super-fast Bullet trains pass each other they create enough cosmic energy to grant your wish, he and his friends set out to put things back the way they were.

The suburban tale of a troubled family told with a touch of fantasy and adventure draws obvious parallels with Spielberg, and it is more than worthy of the comparison. Director Hirokazu Koreeda elicits two incredibly natural performances from the boys (real life brothers) and indeed all of the young cast - in the scenes where they're hanging out he has seemingly turned the camera on some local school friends, their relationships seem so genuine. Koichi and Ryu's story is interspersed with those of their friends and family, all of whom have their own struggles and aspirations. Be it their grandfather's desire to bake a successful sponge cake, or Koichi's friend's dream of marrying the beautiful school librarian, every character - no matter how minor - is portrayed as a real person with their own hopes and fears. As a result it is constantly engrossing, establishing an affinity with everyone on screen and also allowing some fantastically warm funny moments to emerge from the characters themselves.
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