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708 Ratings

I Wish


Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Japan, 2011


The story revolves around the brothers Koichi and Ryunosuke, whose dream is for their divorced parents to reconcile so that they can live together as a single family again.

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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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What are people saying?

  • João Eça's rating of the film I Wish

    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.

  • Andy Cucumber's rating of the film I Wish

    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...

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film I Wish

    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

  • Matthew_Lucas's rating of the film I Wish

    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

  • albertofarina's rating of the film I Wish

    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.

  • Jugu Abraham's rating of the film I Wish

    Amazingly disarming children's film for adults as well. The variety of subjects, the choice of his actors, his editing and his original scripts, make Kore-eda one of the most fascinating directors alive and making films in quick succession. Both he and Naomi Kawase are two Japanese directors consistently focusing on family relationships irrespective of the genre and type of film.

  • Joel Rodker's rating of the film I Wish

    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.

  • Axel's rating of the film I Wish

    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.

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