I Wish

When he learns that a bullet train will soon connect the city where his mother lives to the city where his estranged father resides, young lad Koichi and his kid brother hatch a wildly imaginative plan to use the new train to reconnect their parents.
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Netflix Rating: 3.3
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 94%
Critics' score: 94   Audience score: 84   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

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

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

You watch it remembering the days when you should have walked but simply had to run, and when you believed that, if you wished hard enough, your dead pet just might come back again. full review

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

What a kind and wise movie this is. full review

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

[The] film is built around performances by two real-life brothers who are as unaffected, spirited and lovable as I can imagine, and one of the pleasures of "I Wish" is simply spending time with them. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Transforms the commonplace into the extraordinary. full review

Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic

It's about the wonders of everyday life, and of childhood imagination. full review

Mark Jenkins, Washington Post

The sort of small film of real consequence that, as a kid, I remember seeing and completely losing myself in: That was my life. full review

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

A wistful heartbreaker from the Japanese master of quiet observation, Hirokazu Kore-eda. full review

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

It's an adult movie about children that feels made from the inside out. full review

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

"I Wish" is a wonderful adventure film that's no less thrilling for its modest scale, and a film whose emotional power and intelligence sneak up on you. full review

Andrew O'Hehir,

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

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

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

Manohla Dargis, New York Times

This wise and funny film, in Japanese with English subtitles, works small miracles in depicting the pivotal moment when kids turn from the wishfulness of childhood into shaping the world for themselves. full review

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

More often than not Kore-eda's technique creates space for something truly special in a film: kids talking like kids. full review

How does Hirokazu Kore-eda do it? His films are so casually infused with graceful realism, they make other movies feel painfully stilted and false. full review

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

I Wish makes us feel like we are watching these kids discover each new sensory pleasure of youth for the first time, or that we're experiencing it ourselves. full review

Alison Willmore, Village Voice

With almost supernaturally effortless grace, Kore-eda has connected the film's every element, each one pregnant with beauty and meaning... full review

Kathleen Murphy, MSN Movies

You can contemplate the wonder in these glowing young faces without feeling as if you're on an intravenous drip of corn syrup. full review

David Edelstein, New York Magazine

This tale of two elementary-school brothers plotting to end the physical separation their parents' divorce has forced on them effortlessly pulls off the naturalism and charm desired from material that might have easily curdled into calculated preciousness. full review

Dennis Harvey, Variety
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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 128 min
  • Available From: Oct 26, 2012
  • Queued by: 139 people
Directed By
Hirokazu Koreeda
Koki Maeda, Ohshirô Maeda, Ryôga Hayashi, Cara Uchida, Kanna Hashimoto, Rento Isobe, Hoshinosuke Yoshinaga

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