I Wish
I Wish (2012)

Twelve-year-old Koichi lives with his mother and retired grandparents in Kagoshima, in the southern region of Kyushu, Japan. His younger brother Ryunosuke lives with their father in Hakata, northern Kyushu. The brothers have been separated… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 6, 2012
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Every performance works, every character fits, every observation rings true.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

You watch it remembering the days when you should have walked but simply had to run, and when you believed that, if you wished hard enough, your dead pet just might come back again.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Unique, leisurely subtitled film about parental separation.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

What's so remarkable about the happiness the film brings is its simplicity.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

What a kind and wise movie this is.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

All life in its haphazard glory is here, but it's the children's friendship that holds you tight - and as the two trains crossed on the cinema screen, I wished more films about childhood were as good as this.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Like a train, "I Wish" is slow to build momentum, then it carries us away in a wondrous rush.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

[The] film is built around performances by two real-life brothers who are as unaffected, spirited and lovable as I can imagine, and one of the pleasures of "I Wish" is simply spending time with them.

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

A charming, magical-childhood film from Japan

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
When a 12-year old Japanese boy hears that if you make a wish at the exact time two bullet trains pass it comes true, he gathers his friends for a trip to the… More
Walter M.
In "I Wish," Kenji(Jo Odagiri), a musician, and his wife Nozomi(Nene Ohtsuka) have separated. Not only that but they have left their mutual home in… More
Carlos Magalhes
A delicate film that relies on the talent and charisma of its young actors, making us easily relate to their dreams and wishes in a simple but quite honest… More
Tobias Ximnez
Koreeda in top form
Saskia D.
I'm a sucker for movies about siblings, so I really wanted to see this one. It's sort of a modern Ozu movie. It has a similar pace and just like some… More