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I WISH

Japan, 2011 (MIFF 2012, Accent on Asia)

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

I WISH

“A witty, involving, upbeat story about kids and the miracle of life... delightful and uplifting.” - Hollywood Reporter

Eleven-year-old Koichi and nine-year-old Ryunosuke are as close as brothers can be. But when their parents divorce, the two find themselves living hundreds of kilometres away from one another. Determined to be together once more, the brothers and their friends plan an unlikely cross-country journey to make a wish in front of two passing bullet trains.

With I Wish, Japanese maestro Hirokazu Kore-eda (Air Doll, MIFF 10; Still Walking, MIFF 09) has crafted one of his most unassuming, warm-hearted films to date. Built around endlessly endearing turns by Koichi and Ryu - themselves real-life brothers - I Wish is a fragile, ebullient paean to the fading magic of childhood and the enduring ties of family.

D/S Hirokazu Kore-eda P Kentaro Koike, Hijiri Taguchi Dist Rialto L Japanese w/English subtitles TD DCP/2011

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