I Wish - Parkside Foreign Film Series

Two brothers have been separated by marital discord. Koichi, a fourth grader, lives with his mother, and Ryunosuke, a few years younger, lives in a distant town with his father. The boys are absorbed in the fact that a high-speed bullet train will soon provide service linking their homes. They become electrified when Koichi hears that at the moment when the two 160-mph trains pass each other, some kind of magical field is generated that makes wishes come true. He and a few friends decide to skip school and go to a point where the two fast trains pass; there the brothers will meet. The journey becomes a coming-ofage experience for the kids. The movie's most intense pleasure comes because it allows us to share the evolving emotions of these young dreamers. 2012 Asian-Pacific Film Festival: Best Director. (Japan, 2011) Dir: Hirokazu Kore-eda. Japanese language. 128 min.

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