One thing I love about Koreeda films is his use of child characters to tell the audience a lesson about life. The climax scene when the trains passed each other really got me and I personally thought it was one of Koreeda’s most beautifully crafted scenes he was ever written. In the end, Koreeda leaves us with a warming feeling that everything will turn out fine somehow.
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.
Précieux et rare de montrer des enfants, pensants, délurés et audacieux. Le cinéma asiatique en est capable et particulièrement le japonais. Les héritiers d'Ozou sont donc à l'oeuvre et même si le film est un peu brouillon, on prend du plaisir à voir ses petits personnages tenter de dépoussiérer le Japon et leur propre futur avec.courage et gravité.
I have friends came from broken homes, I asked some of them were they still hoping for their parents reunited? They were, but at one point they realized that separation was for the best. Kore-eda helped audiences understand this hard situation, yet without being to heavy to watch. Kiseki beautifully captured the realization moment of Koichi through his daily life and adventurous journey with his brother and friends.
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.
What a treat. Such a sweet and honest Japanese Indie. At times it can be dispiriting if you've goals or dreams that seem difficult to achieve. Especially when you find yourself being the only pressing on. If you have a sibling who is (or was once) your best friend, and realize in time you two have grown apart, this is for you. It's awfully relatable, but so beautifully done you cannot NOT appreciate it. Lost synergy.
This is very good. Interesting soundtrack too (since you're always being made aware of it). Felt like he was constantly making fun of the sentimentality implied in the film. Another reality based kids film from an excellent filmmaker. "Nobody Knows" still my favorite but this one's no slouch.
Cool movie about the wishes of seven young kids, but especially two brothers separated by the divorce of their parents.Both brothers seem to want to become a family again, but in reality, the wish is much stronger in the older brother. The wish will happen from the energy of two speeding bullet trains passing. The last 15 minutes were great; a movie for both kids and adults who just want to believe in dreams.
A more upbeat film than "Nobody Knows," this is a heartwarming tale told through the eyes of children. The fact they are still in Primary school means they still have dreams, a trait I often see squashed out of students from JHS on. Having hitchhiked through Kagoshima & all of Kyushu, this was also a walk down memory lane. Excellent depiction of life in rural Japan.