I Wish

I Wish

I Wish

Brothers Koichi and Ryunosuke hatch a fantastic plan to engineer a miracle and reunite their divorced parents in this drama from Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu (Still Walking).

"The brothers hear that at the moment two new bullet trains from north to south Japan whiz past each other, it will generate the energy to make wishes come true; for them, at last a way to reunite mum and dad. Kore-eda's combination of close, documentary-like observation and multi-layered story follows the children as their plan comes haphazardly together amid the complications of their and the adult worlds." (London Film Festival)

2011Rating: PG, for mild thematic elements, language and smoking128 minsJapanJapanese with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema
88%
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Reviews & comments

GORGEOUS

A simple beautiful tale. The pacing is the opposite of a Bullet Train and quite appropriate.

4.0
0

A wonderful film focusing on children's dreams, although a little too long.

I really loved this film! Having seen it at the New Zealand Film Festival, I want to see it again in the regular cinemas as I don't think I caught everything first time. The children in this film are very endearing, and the lead-up to when the main character's dream is fulfilled is great. There's also an interesting subplot of the reality of living in...

4.0
0

I WISH... ALL movies about kids were like this!

A good movie about children is a rare thing. It happens more commonly in Europe and Asia than it does in the USA, which has forever laboured under the curse of Disney. Even NZ pulled it off with "Boy". So "I Wish" is a shiny gem worth cherishing. For me, this film was a major highlight of this year's International Film Festival and I'm delighted to be able...

4.0
0

Charming but Lengthy

As stylish and thoughtful as this Japanese film was,for me it failed to deliver in a few too many areas. As stylish and thoughtful as this Japanese film was, I felt it didn't quite deliver as I might have hoped. What was essentially a very sweet tale of childhood innocence and the engineering of circumstances to fulfill dreams of family unity, it...

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Effortlessly pulls off the naturalism and charm desired from material that might have easily curdled into calculated preciousness.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Whenever its children are on screen, lighted up with joy or dimmed by hard adult truths, the film burns bright.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Built around performances by two real-life brothers who are as unaffected, spirited and lovable as I can imagine... one of the pleasures of 'I Wish' is simply spending time with them.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

There is a lot of hope in the air in "I Wish," but the film never feels sappy.

0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Full of life, heart, and funny little details about daily existence, as it meanders its way toward moments of real profundity.

0
Variety

Variety

press

Effortlessly pulls off the naturalism and charm desired from material that might have easily curdled into calculated preciousness.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Whenever its children are on screen, lighted up with joy or dimmed by hard adult truths, the film burns bright.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Built around performances by two real-life brothers who are as unaffected, spirited and lovable as I can imagine... one of the pleasures of 'I Wish' is simply spending time with them.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

There is a lot of hope in the air in "I Wish," but the film never feels sappy.

0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Full of life, heart, and funny little details about daily existence, as it meanders its way toward moments of real profundity.

0

GORGEOUS

A simple beautiful tale. The pacing is the opposite of a Bullet Train and quite appropriate.

4.0
0

A wonderful film focusing on children's dreams, although a little too long.

I really loved this film! Having seen it at the New Zealand Film Festival, I want to see it again in the regular cinemas as I don't think I caught everything first time. The children in this film are very endearing, and the lead-up to when the main character's dream is fulfilled is great. There's also an interesting subplot of the reality of living in...

4.0
0

I WISH... ALL movies about kids were like this!

A good movie about children is a rare thing. It happens more commonly in Europe and Asia than it does in the USA, which has forever laboured under the curse of Disney. Even NZ pulled it off with "Boy". So "I Wish" is a shiny gem worth cherishing. For me, this film was a major highlight of this year's International Film Festival and I'm delighted to be...

4.0
0

Charming but Lengthy

As stylish and thoughtful as this Japanese film was,for me it failed to deliver in a few too many areas. As stylish and thoughtful as this Japanese film was, I felt it didn't quite deliver as I might have hoped. What was essentially a very sweet tale of childhood innocence and the engineering of circumstances to fulfill dreams of family unity,...

3.0
0