I Wish

  • 128'
  • Japan
  • 2011
The Japanese master of humanitarian fiction again focusses on children in complex family situations, just as in Nobody Knows (2004). However this time his approach is not as severe.
Koichi and his younger brother Ryunosuke are very close but, after the divorce of their parents, each moves to a different city. Koichi lives with his mother and his grandparents in the village, while Ryunosuke and his father live in the city, where the father tries to make a name for himself as a musician. The two children decide to conceive a plan to bridge the physical distance once and for all. Their complex operation means taking risks, however.
Kore-eda (After Life, Still Walking) chose two real brothers for this adventure - maybe his most accessible film so far. Again he shows the world of experience of children, without sentimentality or conventional answers. With beautiful camerawork, lucid colours and an apt rock score by the Japanese band Quruli.



Director
Kore-eda Hirokazu
Country of production
Japan
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
128'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Kiseki
Language
Japanese
Producers
Koike Kentaro, Taguchi Hijiri
Production Companies
Shirogumi Inc., Big X
Screenplay
Kore-eda Hirokazu
Cinematography
Yamazaki Yutaka
Editor
Kore-eda Hirokazu
Production Design
Mitsumatsu Keiko
Sound Design
Tsurumaki Yutaka
Music
Quruli
Cast
Joe Odagiri, Maeda Koki
Local Distributor
A-Film Distribution