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789 Ratings

I Wish


Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Japan, 2011


Koichi and his brother Ryunosuke are very close but, after their parents’ divorce, each moves to a different city. Koichi lives with his mother and grandparents in the village, while Ryunosuke and his father live in the city. They come up with a plan to bridge the physical distance once and for all.

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I Wish Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda

Critics reviews

Koreeda has learnt from [Edward] Yang that no detail is unimportant, and I Wish finesses his skill in giving seemingly trivial, everyday moments and images a lasting resonance. The film has the quality of a realist fable, underpinned by strong elements of social commentary. The adult stars, most returning from previous Koreeda movies, contribute expert character sketches which intensify the sociological dimension. But it’s the insight into childhood experience which shines.
February 08, 2013
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…These images are brought together at the end of the film in an impressionistic montage that is at once an encapsulation of the film that precedes it and Koreeda’s marvellous career as a whole
February 01, 2013
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