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: May 11, 2012
DVD Release Date: November 6, 2012
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Elliptical and deliberately paced yet steadily absorbing, I Wish presents a beguiling portrait of childhood that grounds its sweetly nostalgic glow with well-rounded characters and attention to detail.

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.

Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

For a film that has been called lyrical, this is a tough row to hoe. I don't need to go to the movies for a message like that; I can just relive my own childhood.

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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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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post

I Wish is a fine example of a feel-good movie that doesn't look away from the sharper edge of life when it's necessary.

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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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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Unique, leisurely subtitled film about parental separation.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos MagalhŃes
A delicate film that relies on the talent and charisma of its young actors and makes us easily relate to their dreams and wishes with a simple but honest story,… More
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
Nicki Marie
This honestly wasn't a thrilling movie for me, though the child actors are all very good and the sights of Japan in the background are beautiful as always.… 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
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
Jesse Ortega
This is a very sweet and gentle movie that presents its child characters in a very believable fashion. I think what Hirozaku Koreeda did best was give these… More