New Visions: I WISH (Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2011)

Event Date: April 26, 2012 - 7:30pm

Location: The James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall 1409, UCLA

New Visions of Japanese Cinema

Sponsored by UCLA's Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies

12-year old Koichi lives with his mother and retired grandparents in Kagoshima, in the southern region of Kyushu. 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 help from the adults around him, Koichi sets out on a journey with a group of friends, each hoping to witness a miracle that will improve their difficult lives.

Co-Presented by the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies

Best Screenplay, San Sebastián International Film Festival
SIGNIS Award, Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection, BFI London Film Festival
Official Selection, Vancouver International Film Festival
Official Selection, Abu Dhabi Film Festival
Official Selection, Rotterdam International Film Festival
Official Selection, Göteborg Film Festival

“Kore-Eda's has mastered the ability to capture delicate shifts, shuffles and pangs of the heart without caving to predictable schmaltz and eye-rolling banality. Even the most jaded filmgoer will have trouble shaking the glow that rubs off from I WISH.” –Kathie Smith, Twitch Film

“I WISH is arguably [Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s] most entertaining and purely enjoyable film for years, captivating the viewer from start to finish with its boundless enthusiasm. A genuine and joyful depiction of the wonders of childhood, the film is amazingly and effortlessly affecting, and should appeal to a much wider fan base than is usual for often arthouse-pigeonholed director.” –James Mudge,

“It is a testament to the skill of both [the child cast] and Kore-eda himself that the film feels effortless…one of the best at this year’s [Toronto International] Film Festival.” –Shane McNeil, Toronto Film Scene

Writer/Director: Hirokazu Kore-Eda
Starring: Koki Maeda, Ohshirô Maeda, Nene Ohtsuka, Jô Odagiri, Kirin Kiki, Isao Hashizume, Hiroshi Abe, Yoshio Harada, Masami Nagasawa, Yui Natsukawa
Magnolia Pictures
35mm, 128 min.

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