Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda
Cornerhouse, 16 February 2013
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.