I Wish 2012 PG CC

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Two brothers, separated by their parents' divorce and now on opposite sides of Japan, wish for a miracle to bring their family back together.

Starring:
Hiroshi Abe, Jô Odagiri
Runtime:
2 hours 9 minutes

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I Wish

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Genres Drama, International
Director Hirokazu Koreeda
Starring Hiroshi Abe, Jô Odagiri
Supporting actors Masami Nagasawa, Yoshio Harada, Kanna Hashimoto, Yui Natsukawa, Kirin Kiki, Yuri Nakamura, Isao Hashizume, Lily, Nene Ohtsuka, Koki Maeda, Chôei Takahashi, Ohshirô Maeda, Ryôsei Tayama, Yûna Taira, Rento Isobe, Kyara Uchida, Kazuaki Shimizu, Ryôga Hayashi
Studio Magnolia
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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It is a very beautiful movie.
Jin Chen
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.
pipnuts
Probably no one else outside of Japan will like this film, and that's OK too.
J. Crawford

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By pipnuts on November 30, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jin Chen on May 29, 2013
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It is a very beautiful movie. I like the flow of the story and the slow pace. It reminded me of my youth when I had so many dreams and wishes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dpz on June 11, 2013
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I liked this film because it offers a real life look into Japanese society from a kid's point of view. It's a come-of-age movie about a kid wishing to get his divorced parents back together. The only thing that I didn't like is that is kind of slow between the good scenes where the children interact with one another. Those slow scenes are important however, because they are the side stories of the other kids and are interesting in their own way and add to the character development of each kid. I believe the ending is appropriate, so if you are looking for a happy ending film then this is not for you.

I would like to see a sequel made and find out what their lives are like now that they have come of age because they still need a little more growing up to do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 3, 2013
Format: 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Doan on June 21, 2014
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An amazing movie! This director is one of the most perceptive and sensitive of all time! I hope he will make many more movies. J have bought this movie for children and adults to watch and all were charmed and in awe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By john on May 3, 2013
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Beautiful scenes of Japan. The story line is a bit thin but the filmmakers intent was realized. Great for family's.
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