Japanese film: Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “I Wish” screening through May 17

Film I Wish (Kiseki by Kore-eda) Oshiro Maeda

Ohshiro Maeda as Ryunosuke in “I Wish,” a Magnolia Pictures release. (Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)

Film “I Wish” (Kiseki)
Landmark Theatres Regent
1045 Broxton Ave (between Weyburn & Kinross) in Westwood
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 281-8223

Show Time: (2:30 pm, 5:15 pm) 8:00 pm
Through May 17

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 by their parents’ divorce and Koichi’s only wish is for his family to be reunited. When he learns that a new bullet train line will soon open linking the two towns, he starts to believe that a miracle will take place the moment these new trains first pass each other at top speed.

With the help of friends, Koichi organizes an expedition to the mid-point of the train lines, with Ryu coming from the other direction—all of them thinking about what they would most like to wish for.

A sweet ode to what we value in life, written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (Nobody Knows, Still Walking, After Life), who is known for his keen depictions of the trials and tribulations of everyday existence, the innocent minds of children and the warmth of family life.

(Fully subtitled)

Official Web Site

Director:
Hirokazu Kore-eda

Cast:
Koki Maeda, Ohshirô Maeda, Ryôga Hayashi, Seinosuke Nagayoshi, Kyara Uchida, Kanna Hashimoto, Rento Isobe, Nene Ohtsuka, Joe Odagiri, Yui Natsukawa, Masami Nagasawa, Hiroshi Abe, Yoshio Harada, Kirin Kiki, Isao Hashizume Shukichi

MPAA Rating:
PG

Run Time:
2hrs 8mins

Release Year:
2011