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I Wish

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Twelve-year-old Koichi lives with his mother and retired grandparents in Kagoshima, in the southern region of Kyushu, Japan. His younger brother Ryunosuke lives with their father in Hakata, northern Kyushu. The brothers have been separated by their parents’ divorce and Koichi’s only wish is for his family to be reunited. When he learns that a new bullet train line will soon open linking the two towns, he starts to believe that a miracle will take place the moment these new trains first pass each other at top speed. With help from the adults around him, Koichi sets out on a journey with a group of friends, each hoping to witness a miracle that will improve their difficult lives.

 

REVIEWS

“extraordinary work with his young cast, who deliver gentle, natural performances in a beautifully told story of heartbreak and hope. Deceptively modest and utterly lovely, it’s one of the most magical films about childhood I have ever seen.”- New York Daily News

“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.” – Salon

“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.” – Village Voice

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