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I Wish (2012)



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Twelve-year-old Koichi lives with his mother and retired grandparents in Kagoshima, in the southern region of Kyushu, Japan. His younger brother Ryunosuke lives with their father in Hakata, northern Kyushu. The brothers have been separated by their parents' divorce and Koichi's only wish is for his family to be reunited. When he learns that a new bullet train line will soon open, linking the two towns, he starts to believe that a miracle will take place the moment these new trains first pass each other at top speed. With help from the adults around him, Koichi sets out on a journey with a group of friends, each hoping to witness a miracle that will improve their difficult lives. -- (C) Magnoliamore
Rating: PG (for mild thematic elements, language and smoking)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Hirokazu Koreeda
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 6, 2012
Box Office: $0.1M
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Koki Maeda
as Koichi
Ohshiro Maeda
as Ryunosuke
Nene Ohtsuka
as Nozomi (Mother)
Joe Odagiri
as Kenji (Father)
Yui Natsukawa
as Kyoko (Megumi's Moth...
Masami Nagasawa
as Ms. Mimura (Teacher)
Hiroshi Abe
as Mr. Sakagami
Yoshio Harada
as Wataru (Grandfather'...
Kirin Kiki
as Hideko (Grandmother)
Isao Hashizume
as Shukichi (Grandfathe...
J Odagiri
as Kenji (Father)
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Critic Reviews for I Wish

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (23)

Every performance works, every character fits, every observation rings true.

Full Review… | February 5, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

What's so remarkable about the happiness the film brings is its simplicity.

Full Review… | July 26, 2012
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Like a train, "I Wish" is slow to build momentum, then it carries us away in a wondrous rush.

Full Review… | June 22, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Unique, leisurely subtitled film about parental separation.

Full Review… | August 26, 2014
Common Sense Media

All life in its haphazard glory is here, but it's the children's friendship that holds you tight - and as the two trains crossed on the cinema screen, I wished more films about childhood were as good as this.

Full Review… | May 28, 2013
Eye for Film

A charming, magical-childhood film from Japan

Full Review… | February 22, 2013
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Audience Reviews for I Wish

This honestly wasn't a thrilling movie for me, though the child actors are all very good and the sights of Japan in the background are beautiful as always.
The story was very slight and its not bad, but it is very long and drags. I may have liked it more if it focused a little more on the adults. Little kid's lives to me are not that interesting to base a whole movie on, but from the ratings, others feel differently.
Probably personally wouldn't have watched if it wasn't set in Japan, so I'll admit it wasn't really one for me from the start.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


A delicate film that relies on the talent and charisma of its young actors, making us easily relate to their dreams and wishes in a simple but quite honest story, and Koreeda proves again that he knows quite well how to draw natural performances from children.

Carlos Magalhes

Super Reviewer


When a 12-year old Japanese boy hears that if you make a wish at the exact time two bullet trains pass it comes true, he gathers his friends for a trip to the magical spot so he can wish for his broken family to be reunited. Sweet and minor, made with obvious love and care, but my unfulfilled wish was that the film would dump two or three of its meandering subplots and end about 30 minutes sooner.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

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