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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful heartwarming film
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...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good fiim (Tereble subtitles)
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.
Published 14 months ago by alwyn thomas


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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
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Tommy Dooley (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: I Wish (Kiseki) [DVD] (DVD)
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hirokazu Koreeda's astute direction is as light as the traditional sponge cakes that the boys' grandfather makes., 2 Jun. 2013
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. Koreeda's astute direction is as light as the traditional sponge cakes that the boys' grandfather makes, and theres a purpose and meaning in the tiniest details and movements. Koreeda manages to knit together so many characters and their individual struggles with warmth and precision, with two stunning performances from Koki and Ohshirô Maeda.

Above all, Koreeda realistically shows that life merely carries on as normal and everyone adapts. Neither Nozomi or Kenji are bad parents, they've merely changed to the point where they've realised their incompatibilities cannot be sustained together. Some things happen which cannot be explained, as Kenji said to Ryu, "There's room in this world for wasteful things. Imagine if everything had meaning. You'd choke."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feel good film! :), 7 Oct. 2014
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The beauty of this film is the little details, the characters are believable and likeable. Although I recognise that not everyone has a 'wanna be rockstar' for a Dad, I feel like 'I wish' gives an insight into modern Japanese culture and family life. The main plotline is relatively simple, but the subplots add just the right amount of depth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure delight, 27 Jan. 2015
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Many critics have said this, but Koreeda really is Ozu's spiritual successor. This is a delight from start to finish. The Maeda brothers are perfect in the starring roles, but it is some of the smaller cameos by older actors that give the film its depth. It's nice to see that Koreeda avoids the easy Hollywood ending too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hope, courage and resilience., 17 Dec. 2014
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T. Irving "Little Enid fan" (Leeds, UK) - See all my reviews
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Just loved this film so much. Screened at our community-run film club and the audience laughed and cried together. I beautiful story with some really remarkable performances from the children and adults alike. This is a heart-warming story about hope, courage and resilience. One of my top 5 films of the year.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It will keep playing in your mind, 23 Jun. 2013
This review is from: I Wish (Kiseki) [DVD] (DVD)
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a simple, honest film about family and childhood innocence, 30 Jun. 2013
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Rob Simpson "noframeof" (Middlesbrough, England) - See all my reviews
I Wish is a simple film about two boys living with separated parents at opposite ends of Japan and their wish to reunite the family. Focusing on children has been the bane of many films, but Hirokazu has the best little actors who imbue this simple film, where not a lot happens, with a heart of gold. These precocious children give it there all and it makes this film where it would break others. The scene where one of the kids has a talk with his mum over the phone is heartbreaking and the heart to heart the same kid has with his dad is hilarious. These kids are wonderful, making for a touching, charming, lovely, and very funny watch. While its true the arc surrounding the more senior members of the family doesn't really go anywhere beyond a tenuous link, and the parents are a bit overlooked. Despite this, Koreeda Hirokazu's film of innocence and growing up is a shoe-in for film of the year at this point - damming with faint praise, I know, 2013 has been pretty shocking so far.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Subtle, 30 Nov. 2013
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I expected this film to be like an emotional bullet train, given the subject matter, but it is actually very subtle and very gentle, which is entirely appropriate. There are not the histrionics that you might expect from an American rendering of the same story. What you get is a gentle representation of the warmth, love, and differences that exist between two young brothers who have been recently separated by divorce, and who have to learn to move forward with change. Koki Maeda and his younger brother Oshiro were perfectly cast as the protagonist brothers Koichi (serious yet still capable of dreaming and having fun)and Ryonosuke (Slightly nuts, and inexhaustibly energetic, yet responsible beyond his years).

The film handles a common situation with panache, and with a clear indication that this is a Japanese film depicting a uniquely Japanese approach to solving it. Wonderful! (I would love to know if the two boys are just playing themselves!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touchy and captivating movie Brilliant children direction, 12 Jan. 2015
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Kore-eda superb work ! Touchy and captivating movie Brilliant children direction. Try not to get involved...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good fiim (Tereble subtitles), 20 Jan. 2014
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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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