Review of "I Wish (DVD)"
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Star – Japanese kids
Genre – World Cinema
Run Time – 128 minutes
Certificate – PG
Country – Japan
Awards – 5 Wins & 9 Nominations
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• Kohki Maeda as Kohichi Ohsako, the older brother
• Ohshiro Maeda as Ryunosuke Kinami, the younger brother
• Nene Otsuka as Nozomi Ohsako
• Joe Odagiri as Kenji Kinami
• Ryoga Hayashi as Yu Fukumoto
• Hosinosuke Nagayosi as Shin Ohta
• Kara Uchida as Megumi Ariyoshi
• Kanna Hashimoto as Kanna Hayami
• Rento Isobe as Rento Isobe
• Yui Natsukawa as Kyouko Ariyoshi
• Hiroshi Abe as Mamoru Sakagami, a teacher
• Masami Nagasawa as Sachi Mitsumura, a teacher
• Yoshio Harada as Wataru Yamamoto
• Kirin Kiki as Hideko Ohsako
• Isao Hashizume as Shukichi Ohsako
In the Japanese city of Kagoshima, a young boy, Kohichi (Kohichi Maeda ) lives with his ex actress mother Nozomi (Nene Otsuka) in the house of his grandparents. Koichi misses his younger brother Ryunosuke (Ohshiro Maeda) and his drop out musician father Kenji (Joe Odagiri), who lives in the industrial city of Fukuoka after the marriage fell apart, the brooding volcano nearby to Ry a metaphor for their family.They haven’t physically met for six months so chat on the phone a lot. It’s his greatest wish for them to be together again.One day, Koichi overhears on TV that the energy released by two of the new Bullet Trains passing by each other would grant wishes and he invites his two best friends, Tasuku (Nene Otsuka) and Makoto (Kirin Kiki), to travel to the point of intersection of the two trains half way between the two brother’s cities. But they will have to keep it secret from their parents and need money to buy train tickets, 1200 Yen ($20 each), the plan to literally scrape the cash together by poking sticks under the cities vending machines looking for coins. Koichi also tells his plan to Ryunosuke, who invites his three best mates from school to join him. Soon the seven children arrive at the meeting point as their adventure begins. The kids all have a wish to make. One wants to be an actress, another wants his pet dog to come back to life. It’s a mixed bag. We know what the brothers wish is. He even takes his grand parents wish, who are in on the trip and covering for them.
ResultsI really enjoyed this, a refreshingly sweet tale of childhood innocence and the pressing pressures of grown up angst of being a parent. We were all kids once and the parents only job back then to let us enjoy that time. Nothing worse than seeing parents scold kids for being kids. Being an adult is never as much fun though. But seeing those kid’s innocent smiles on film always makes you go with it, especially Asian ones, their kids always that little bit cuter, sweeter and nicer. This film has its darker moments around the children but never interested in making statements or adding malice and jeopardy for no reason. Seeing 7 young kids jump on a train and go on an adventure without parents would truly terrify us today. It also looks great and brings to life urban Japan in a way you don’t see often.
It’s contemporary Japan the kids weave their dreams into and the director cleverly drawing delightful naturalistic performances from them, especially when they discuss their dreams to camera. To quote a review in the film – ‘You watch it remembering the days when you should have walked but simply had to run’. Its all about those freedoms kids have afforded to them by convention but never far away from adult anxieties of that bubble bursting.You will enjoy this one from the off as we meet the adorable and real life Maeda brothers, one guarded, one happy all the time, and the pleasure they get from simple things like swimming and the perils of teachers dressing them down. We don’t want to know their troubles but enjoy their relationships on screen as they plan their escape missions. The adult acting, like the kids, funds the right tone and top notch, a touch of the Spielberg to it. It’s a story about evolving emotions as it is about pure escapism. I know when I was a kid I was always building dens and panning exciting trips and bike rides.
Imdb.com – /10.0 (votes)
Rottentomatos.com – 94% critic’s approval
Metacritic.com – % critic’s approval
CriticsThe Mail –‘Like the Bullett train, "I Wish" is slow to build momentum, and then it carries us away in a wondrous rush.
Time Out –‘Every performance works, every character fits, every observation rings true’Arizona Times –‘What's so remarkable about the happiness the film brings is its simplicity’.
Seattle Times –‘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/Chicago Sun Times –‘[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’.
Bangkok Post –‘I Wish is a fine example of a feel-good movie that doesn't look away from the sharper edge of life when it's necessary’.Radio Times –‘It's Koreeda's subtly elliptical storytelling and measured control of character, locale and pace that makes this so engaging’.=====
Arrow Video I Wish
Internationally renowned Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-edaâs (Maborosi, Nobody Knows, Hana, Still Walking) latest film I WISH is a modern fairy tale abou...
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Product Information : I Wish (DVD)
Manufacturer's product description
Country Of Origin: Japan
Video Category: World Cinema Feature Film
Actor(s): Koki Maeda, Ohshirô Maeda, Hiroshi Abe
Sub Genre: Comedy
DVD Region: DVD
Director(s): Hirokazu Kore-eda
Production Year: 2011
Listed on Ciao since: 22/08/2016