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I Wish 2012

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4.2 out of 5 stars (18) IMDb 7.4/10

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:
Masami Nagasawa, Hiroshi Abe
Runtime:
2 hours, 8 minutes

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Genres Drama, International
Director Hirokazu Koreeda
Starring Masami Nagasawa, Hiroshi Abe
Supporting actors Kirin Kiki, Joe Odagiri, Yoshio Harada, Kyara Uchida, Yui Natsukawa, Ohshirô Maeda, Kanna Hashimoto, Kôki Maeda, Nene Ohtsuka, Isao Hashizume, Ryôsei Tayama, Lily, Yûna Taira, Yuri Nakamura, Kazuaki Shimizu, Shunsuke Godai, Rento Isobe, Ryôga Hayashi
Studio Magnolia
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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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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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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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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As adults most of us do not care about the dreams of others, but as you watch this film, you will relentlessly root for these children and sincerely hope that their dreams are fulfilled. In Fact you start praying for their dreams . The movie ‘I wish’ about separated siblings by director Hirokazu Koreeda is perfection.
Koichi ( Koki Maeda) is lived with mother and grandparents, while Ryonosuke lives with his father in another town. These brothers are apart but love each other and want to be reunited but they are kids after all who dont control the emotions of their parents. Then there are the friends of these kids, one of them wants to be an actress, and another one wants to marry his teacher, and another a baseball star. As the lives of these kids and their dreams become clear we see the point of the movie title.
Koichi believes that when a bullet train will come to town, it will travel at 200 miles per hour. And when it passes the oncoming bullet train from the opposite direction, anyone who watches the two train can make a wish.
Their journey is what the rest of the movie is about....but at its core the movie is about simplicity and a desire to achieve the wildest dreams. These wishes are thoughtful, insightful- but you know some of these wishes will be granted and the others will just remain so. Release date: April 23, 2012.
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Kiseki (literally "Miracle", translated "I Wish" for the English film title) is a slow-paced tale of 12-year old Kouichi Oosako's wish for his divorced parents to reconcile so that he, they and his younger brother could all live together again. While Kouichi lives on one end of Kyuushuu with his mother and maternal grandparents, his brother lives at the other end with his father and his father's rock band. In class he hears a classmate's claim that the energy released by passing bullet trains will bring wishes to pass, so he decides to meet his brother half-way to see if his wish will come true.

The side stories of his friends and his brother's friends who come along for the experiment give us a heart-warming look into the minds of innocent Japanese preteens. Subtle situational humor and dialog keep the slowly unfolding story engaging as we look into family, friendship and classroom dynamics. The young actors are at their most convincing when they share their wishes with each other in secrecy.

I appreciate the fact that the film is touching without falling into schmaltz. There are no sappy, tear-jerking scenes or overly-idealistic portrayals of pure, noble characters. We have a film about ordinary people in nearly mundane situations. What may disappoint American viewers is the lack of a happy ending (or even a tying up of all the loose ends). If you expect a miracle at the end, you will not be satisfied. If, however, you are content with a cute film that will give you some chuckles and insight into the lives of common Japanese folks, give it a try.
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