Review of "I Wish (DVD)"

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"I Wish......all films were as nice as this one .."

I Wish (DVD)

I Wish (DVD)

Star – Japanese kids
Genre – World Cinema
Run Time – 128 minutes
Certificate – PG
Country – Japan
Awards – 5 Wins & 9 Nominations
Amazon –£8.68 DVD £9.99 Blue Ray
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Due to Ciao’s bizarre new suggestion rules to get products actually posted up here it may be wise to recommend products through the retailer listed on ciao that’s selling it, when you search for the product. It helped to get this obscure foreign film up. As I watch lot of this type of movie it’s a ray of hope for the movie season in the winter. It’s not a bad little movie, to, from Japan and one worth seeing if you like your films to be sweet and innocent and not too angry. Japanese films have a certain serenity to them that’s hard to resist and this is one of them. I quite like the idea of marrying a Japanese woman. They tend not to get hammered and lie in the street and don’t have tatoos all over them for all to see. Who’s coming to Tokyo with me then!


• 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.


I 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.

RATINGS – /10.0 (votes) – 94% critic’s approval – % critic’s approval

Special Features


The 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’.


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Comments on this review

  • eve6kicksass published 07/09/2016
    E review! :)
  • Icypink published 27/08/2016
    Excellent review.
  • LiveMusicLoverLyn published 27/08/2016
    Well found
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Product Details

Country Of Origin: Japan

Genre: Comedy

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

EAN: 5027035009643

Production Year: 2011


Listed on Ciao since: 22/08/2016