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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What's so remarkable about the happiness the film brings is its simplicity.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic  full review
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.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times  full review
What a kind and wise movie this is.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
[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.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
Transforms the commonplace into the extraordinary.
Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic  full review
It's about the wonders of everyday life, and of childhood imagination.
Mark Jenkins, Washington Post  full review
The sort of small film of real consequence that, as a kid, I remember seeing and completely losing myself in: That was my life.
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe  full review
A wistful heartbreaker from the Japanese master of quiet observation, Hirokazu Kore-eda.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
It's an adult movie about children that feels made from the inside out.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor  full review
"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.
Andrew O'Hehir,  full review
There is a lot of hope in the air in "I Wish," but the film never feels sappy.
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times  full review
Whenever its children are on screen, lighted up with joy or dimmed by hard adult truths, the film burns bright.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times  full review
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.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal  full review
More often than not Kore-eda's technique creates space for something truly special in a film: kids talking like kids.
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.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News  full review
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.
Alison Willmore, Village Voice  full review
With almost supernaturally effortless grace, Kore-eda has connected the film's every element, each one pregnant with beauty and meaning...
Kathleen Murphy, MSN Movies  full review
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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 128 min
  • Available From: Oct 26, 2012
  • Queued by: 180 people
Directed By
Hirokazu Koreeda
Koki Maeda, Ohshirô Maeda, Ryôga Hayashi, Cara Uchida, Kanna Hashimoto, Rento Isobe, Hoshinosuke Yoshinaga

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