I Wish

From the Director of Nobody Knows and Still Walking - Available on DVD

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"A WONDERFUL ADVENTURE."

-Salon.com

"I WISH IS ABOUT THE WONDERS OF EVERYDAY LIFE, AND OF CHILDHOOD IMAGINATION."

-Washington Post

"WISE AND FUNNY."

-The Wall Street Journal

"A FILM THAT’S BOTH ENTERTAINING AND ILLUMINATING, NO MATTER YOUR AGE."

-Oregonian

"CAPTIVATING. A WORK IN WHICH CHILDREN ARE THE FILM."

-The New Republic

"WISTFUL, LIGHT AND SWEET"

-Paste Magazine

"DELICATE AND OBSERVANT. A lovely and piquant examination of childhood."

-A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"A GEM OF WORLD CINEMA by a gifted master of the craft."

-The Guardian

"I WAS SO RELUCTANT TO LET GO OF THE MOVIE THAT I SAT ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE FINAL CREDITS."

-The Nation

"A REMARKABLY CREDIBLE REPRESENTATION OF CHILDHOOD FANTASY AND LONGING."

-Chris Chang, Film Comment

"A lovely and piquant examination of childhood."

-A.O. Scott, New York Times

"AFFECTING."

-David Edelstein, New York

"SOMETHING OF A REVELATION. Grade A-."

-Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"I loved I WISH. A gem of world cinema by a gifted master of the craft."

-Jason Solomons, The Guardian

"Delightful and uplifting. Brilliant filmmaking in every respect."

-Deborah Young/Hollywood Reporter

"Touching - full of life and heart."

-Noel Murray, AV Club

"The rare example of film that actually understands kids. Touching, never-treacly—realistic and sweet."

-Erik Mcclanahan, Indiewire

About The Film

Twelve-year-old Koichi lives with his mother and retired grandparents in the southern region Japan. His younger brother Ryunosuke lives with their father in the northern region of Japan. 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.

Cast & Crew

Cast:
Koki Maeda
Ohshirô Maeda
Ryôga Hayashi

Director:
Hirokazu Kore-eda

Writer:
Hirokazu Kore-eda

PG - for mild thematic elements, language and smoking.
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