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I Wish

I Wish


12-year-old Koichi, who has been separated from his brother Ryunosuke due to his parents' divorce, begins to believe that the new bullet train service will create a miracle when the first trains pass each other at top speed.

The critical consensus

A small film with humble ambitions, I Wish is a gentle piece that children may find dull, but tearful adults will recognize that Koreeda captures the essence of childhood dreams.

****(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 04/02/2013

We all spend so much time yearning for films as good as this, and to this reviewer at least, the latest great work from Hirokazu Koreeda is pure wish-fulfilment.

*****Philip Concannon, The Skinny, 04/02/2013

Forget all those phoney Oscar-bait films – this complex, delicate drama about two young boys living through their parents' split is the real deal, and deeply satisfying.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 07/02/2013

As a fable about childhood and happiness, it’s a little too ready to embrace soaraway optimism – undeniably beguiling, but more manufactured-feeling than Kore-eda’s top-drawer work.

***(*)(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 07/02/2013

Too long and leisurely I Wish is an engaging salute to childhood innocence and the hopes and dreams of a younger generation.

****(*)Daily Express, 08/02/2013

Delightful isn’t the word. Is hugging a cinema screen illegal nowadays?

****(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 07/02/2013

A feelgood family movie.

Philip French, The Observer, 10/02/2013

The kids are great, but the film is on a slow and meandering track.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 24/03/2013

Features about I Wish

Interview: Hirokazu Kore-eda

David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 07/02/2013

Where and when?

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness from Friday March 1, 2013, until Thursday March 7, 2013. More info:

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee on Thursday March 7, 2013. More info:

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Monday March 11, 2013, until Wednesday March 13, 2013. More info:

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday March 29, 2013, until Tuesday April 2, 2013. More info:

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