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Family-based drama directed by Hirokazu Koreeda in which two brothers torn apart by their parents' divorce and living in separate towns dream of reuniting their family. Hearing that a new train line will soon link the two towns, Koichi (Koki Maeda) convinces himself that at the precise moment of both trains passing each other at top speed, his wish will come true. With the help of his friends and brother Ryunosuke (Ohshir Maeda), Koichi sets out to realise his dream of uniting the family once more.

Starring:
Ohshir么 Maeda, Hoshinosuke Yoshinaga
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  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 2 hours 8 minutes
Starring Ohshir么 Maeda, Hoshinosuke Yoshinaga, Ry么Ga Hayashi, Koki Maeda, Hiroshi Abe, Ryoga Hayashi, Kanna Hashimoto, Rento Isobe, Ohshiro Maeda, Ry鬵a Hayashi, Cara Uchida, Yoshio Harada
Director Hirokazu Koreeda
Genres Drama
Studio ARROW
Rental release 27 May 2013
Main languages Japanese
Subtitles English
Original title Kiseki
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 2 hours 8 minutes
Starring Ohshir么 Maeda, Hoshinosuke Yoshinaga, Ry么Ga Hayashi, Koki Maeda, Hiroshi Abe, Ryoga Hayashi, Kanna Hashimoto, Rento Isobe, Ohshiro Maeda, Ry鬵a Hayashi, Cara Uchida, Yoshio Harada
Director Hirokazu Koreeda
Genres Drama
Studio ARROW FILMS
Rental release 27 May 2013
Main languages Japanese
Subtitles English

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Hirokazu Koreeda's `I Wish' sees real-life brothers Koki and Ohshir 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 (J 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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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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Koreeda's movie is a thoughtful, gently touching, funny and unexpectedly profound study of two small boys whose mum and dad have split up, each taking one of the boys with them. The mother lives in a tiny flat with her parents; the dad, likewise in a tiny flat, but whose companions are his fellow rock band members. The cast of actors is great: the grown-ups are professionals, the children are simply children whom the director chose to play the parts, and very good they all are. Indeed, the kids weren't shown the complete script for the film but were simply briefed on the plot on a day-by-day basis, and then rehearsed using improvised dialogue.

The camerawork is exceptionally imaginative, varied and entirely at the service of the dramatic and emotional needs of the film. All the while the volcano, Sakurajima, across the bay from the city of Kagoshima, rumbles away like some wordless Greek chorus commenting on the action of the drama and underlining the unease felt by the older of the two boys who worries that his mum and dad will never get back together. Highly recommended.
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It is a tale of a group of kids with an idea. So they go off on a long journey to their objective which is finally reached. It's also about the bonding the kids do before and during the journey.

One moment in the movie is one of the girls in the group with the dog Marble. Her innocence to the situation involving her little dog made it feel sad. Thing is the first time we see the dog. It won't move so she has to carry it after asking it what was wrong. The one and only hint to there being a problem of some kind. She takes the dog on the journey with them. This is the sad part to me.

I love my world cinema. Japan sure does know how to make some good movies. I don't care if it's comedy drama horror or something in between. The Japanese are world class movie makers. I always get immersed. Movies like this are escapism. Pure and simple. I Wish has no big bangs or gun fights with dead bodies flying through the air like rag-dolls on fire.

I Wish is a fairly uplifting affair. A story about kids being kids and how they see the world around them. Some with innocent eyes and others not so much. All of them coming together in a common cause. Well done Mr Kore-Eda. A fine movie indeed. His surname on the cover says Kore-Eda but on Google it's Koreeda. Oh well. I spelled it by how it is on the cover. Hope it doesn't matter either way. This is the first movie of his I've seen. I'm going to try Like Father, Like Son next. It sounds like another fine piece of entertainment.

Japanese movies have an atmosphere to them like no one else. Kind of like the late 70s and all through the 80s Italian horror movies. A charm all of their own as well.
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