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I Wish, Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2013

I Wish

8 Feb 20137 Mar 2013

★★★★★ Guardian
★★★★★ Time Out

"A gem of world cinema" Jason Solomons The Observer

Internationally renowned Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s (Maborosi, After Life, Nobody Knows, Hana, Still Walking) latest film I Wish is a modern fairy tale about two young boys trying to reunite their divided family.

In the wake of their parent’s divorce, 12-year-old Koichi (Koki Maeda) and his younger brother Ryunosuke (Oshiro Maeda, Koki’s real life brother) have been split up against their will. Koichi lives with his mother and grandparents in Kagoshima, in the shadow of a constantly rumbling volcano. Ryunosuke lives a comparatively spirited life with his rock-musician father in Fukuoka. But when Koichi discovers that a new bullet train line is due to open connecting the two towns, he determines that the intense energy generated by two trains passing in opposite directions will work a miracle, and their wish to be reunited will come true.

One of Japan’s finest living directors, Kore-eda is known for his interest in hidden feelings and unvoiced wishes, and in particular for his ability to depict children and family with honesty and insight. I Wish is a superbly acted picture of family life and a heart breaking adventure story that is tender, but never sentimental.

Dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan, 2013, 128 mins, cert. PG

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