Unbalanced, the second part is far more effective than the first, though the ending should be much sooner. A little bit too long, some times sentimental and with a really shitty soundtrack, it does have a brilliant cast that makes the movie worthwile. Some moments are very effective (visually, I mean) but being this my first Kore-eda, I would say he is a second-rate Ozu follower.
I admire Kore-Eda for making such a movie with a cast of children. I admire him even more for making me want to strangle him every time he uses a song out of the 1001 Cheesy Guitar Tunes for Cheap Sentiment Songbook on his soundtrack, which is about 46 times...
A friendly delve into the complications of life as a child in modern day Japan. A time of hopes and dreams and a place where wishes just might come true. The children are great and all appear to be far wiser than any of the adults in this. It's shmaltz free and captures the energy and adventure of youth in arresting detail. 3 stars
Hirokazu Kore-eda continues to stake his claim as the modern day answer to Yasujiro Ozu with this altogether wonderful film about two young brothers, separated by their parents' divorce, who set out to create a miracle and reunite their family. Hirokazu has a knack for taking the mundane details of life and turning them into something extraordinary, and this beautifully sensitive portrait of childhood is no different
Immaginate uno "Stand by me" neorealista. Un gruppo di bambini meravigliosi, il desiderio di un miracolo, la scoperta che i miracoli, quelli possibili, li facciamo noi. Ok, colpa mia che fin qui non ho visto nulla di Kore-Eda. Un filo lunghetto ma bellissimo.
I loved this film. I didn't know what to expect and I was slowly drawn in by the simple cinematography and the endearing characters. I was reminded a bit of Stand By Me with the young kids on a journey although I wish doesn't have such dark overtones. I enjoyed watching the important details of Japanese life and getting to know the personalities of the children. What a smile that kid has! left wanting to know more.
La légende veut que lorsque 2 Shinkansen se croisent, les voeux sont exaucés. Une bande d’enfants érudits échafaude alors un plan afin de voir leurs rêves secrets se réaliser. Malgré un début longuet, ce film est un antidépresseur, tant par son humour que par son esthétique léchée. Il règne dans cette ville japonaise une ambiance bon enfant (c'est le cas de le dire), sans toutefois verser dans le mièvre.
The children's lack of affectation and natural acting are what make this movie, especially that of the real-life Maeda brothers who are the two leads. Koreeda's rapid jump cutting between characters and scenes underlies the essential distance between them. However, I found the plot slight and the ending disappointing. I really want to see his other works, like Nobody Knows and After Life, for his work with children.