I wish

I wish

DVD - 2012 | Japanese
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Twelve-year-old Koichi, separated from his brother Ryunosuke due to his parents' divorce, begins to believe that Japan's new bullet train service will create a miracle when the first trains pass each other at top speed, and enlists a group of friends on an improbable mission.
Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. : Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2012
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (PG)(128 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Kiseki


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Oct 13, 2020

The kids are so cute as they try to make sense of the world as they dream and scheme. Towards the end some of the kids decide that theres more to reaching their goals and life than wishing. The world is what you make if it and the local volcano that's been mucking up the boy's surroundings with fine layers ash isn't going to pile up any more.

Feb 20, 2020

director koreeda has a gift for drawing out natural and charming performances from the children in his films, who in this case must be resilient when the grown-ups around them are sometimes unreliable. luckily, there are some elders who are there to lend a hand.

Nov 08, 2018

Tighter editing would have made this family separation/coming-of-age story much better. Two Japanese brothers strive to close the distance as their custody is split between their mom and dad,. They figure out their first train trip adventure, getting help from their friends and creative fundraising. The plot interweaves both the conformity and close-knit ties of Japanese family/culture.. The grandparents are particularly graceful as loving stalwarts. Note: in Japanese with English subtitles.

Mar 13, 2017

Related book (in Simplified Chinese): 奇迹 by 中村航 Nakamura, Kō

janedough66 Jan 25, 2015

A must see! Just like all the films by writer/director Hirokazu Koreeda, this movie is both heart warming and entertaining. Plz don't allow the English subtitles deter you from viewing this little gem. Once the movie begins, you barely even notice them. You simply read along as the movie plays out. Easy and worth it.

Jan 22, 2015

Quite charming.

Dec 31, 2014

After their parents separated six months earlier soft-spoken Koichi chose to live with his depressed mother and her family while his outgoing younger brother Ryu chose to move across the island to live with his loving yet slovenly musician father. When a new north-south bullet train route is announced on the news, Koichi hears a rumor that all those who witness the two trains passing each other for the first time will have their one wish granted. Hoping to wish their parents back together the two tykes ditch school, hook up with their best friends, and make their way along the coast to the section of elevated track where the magical event will supposedly take place. Kore-eda Hirokazu once again proves his unerring ability to portray children in a realistic if somewhat sweetened light in this warm little comedy. Although the character of Ryu is perhaps a tad too precious the children nevertheless provide the film with a youthful gravity as they finagle their way out of class, outwit the benevolent yet ineffectual adults around them, and studiously write their wishes on a makeshift prayer flag (in an especially poignant scene one little boy hopes for his dead dog to come back to life). Of course in typical Hirokazu fashion the children don’t exactly have their wishes granted but instead receive a few lessons in life’s gentler realities; one budding actress finds the courage to stand up to her overbearing mother, a young girl with dreams of becoming a great artist continues to patiently wield her magic markers, and the two brothers learn that part of growing up is growing apart. Meanwhile the perpetually falling ash from a grumbling volcano not far from Koichi’s home reminds us all of life’s unpredictability. Not as piercing as his earlier works and some of the dialogue occasionally veers dangerously close to Disney territory but I Wish is still a genuine treat.

Aug 23, 2014

Two brothers (played by two real brothers) are separated when their parents split up. Shinkansen lines are coming to the island where the older brother lives. He believes that if he can see the north and south bound trains cross, he can make a wish--that the family will reunite--and it will come true. The movie is a bit hard to follow at the beginning but by the end, you realize you've seen a wonderful little movie about childhood and growing up. The child actors are all great, especially the little brother.

Aug 26, 2013

I enjoyed the story with insights into Japanese culture across generations. Nice for families if your kids can handle subtitles

Jun 24, 2013

This is a story of two brothers living in different cities because their parents were separated, while they eagerly hoped they will be together again. The cast of mostly children in this film was great and they all acted well. The bonus is a glimpse into lives in contemporary Japan, with its pros and cons. I can't quite imagine myself living next to an active volcano, though. Subtitles.

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