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I Wish

Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda

Japan, 2011

Cornerhouse, 16 February 2013

I Wish

Brother meets brother where two high-speed trains pass, believing this to be a moment when wishes come true.

One brother (Koki Maeda) lives with his mother, the other (Ohshiro Maeda) with his father; they are a terrible distance apart.  According to cinematic custom (compare this film with e.g. Stand by Me), they don’t get what they want – rather they find what they need to grow and maybe mature.  All the world shimmers and seems transformed, on their return home from seeing the trains.

I Wish is a touching film, as delicate and lovely as Theophrastus’s final words.