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NNarrative Feature Competition

I Wish

I Wish

Original Title: Kiseki
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Japan | Japanese
2011 | 128min. | Colour
Subtitles: Arabic, English
Format: 35mm
All Ages
Hirokazu Kore-eda, director of such beloved films as After Life, Still Walking and Nobody Knows, returns with a wistful and hilarious fable for the 21st century. Two brothers have been apart for six months, after their parents separated and each took one of the boys with them to far-flung cities. Curious and meticulous, 12-year-old Koichi lives with his mother and maternal grandparents in Kagoshima, in the shadow of a fuming volcano. Ryunosuke, his rowdier little brother, lives with his rocker father in Hakata. When a rumour spreads among Koichi’s classmates that a miracle will occur when the new bullet trains running between these two cities first pass, the boys and their friends hatch a plan to try to fix their family plight, and make everyone else’s wishes come true as well.

Kore-eda’s visually delightful film is a tribute to youthful spirit and optimism, and a moving take on how eternal values can still find their place in the contemporary world. Like the acclaimed Nobody Knows, I Wish creates a precisely detailed landscape around its young protagonists that is compelling and full of wonder, but recognizes that children face as much doubt and sadness as their parents. This is mature storytelling with an innovative style from a master filmmaker in fine form. The film is propelled by natural performances from both its young performers (most especially real-life brothers Koki and Ohshirô Maeda as Koichi and Ryunosuke) and superb adult actors, and advances with a playful sense of everyday grace all the way to its triumphant conclusion.

–Kate Lawrie Van de Ven

Director,  Hirokazu Kore-eda

Director,  Hirokazu Kore-eda

Hirokazu Kore-eda was born in Tokyo. He became an instant success when his 1995 debut feature Maborosi won several awards, including the Golden Osella at the Venice Film Festival. After Life (1999) was released in 30 countries. Distance had its premiere at Cannes in 2001, as did Nobody Knows in 2004; the latter’s lead actor was the youngest ever to win the top acting prize there. Kore-eda’s latest films include Hana (2006), Still Walking (2008) and Air Doll (2009).

Cast and Crew

Director
Hirokazu Kore-eda
Cast
Koki Maeda, Ohshiro Maeda, Nene Ohtsuka, Joe Odagiri, Kiki Kirin, Isao Hashizume
Production Company
Shirogumi Inc.
Music
Quruli
Producer
Koike Kentaro, Hijiri Taguchi
Executive Producer
Yumiya Masanori
Screenwriter
Hirokazu Kore-eda
Editor
Hirokazu Kore-eda
Cinematographer
Yamakazi yutaka
Art Director
Keiko Mitsumatsu
Sound
Yutuka Tsurumaki
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