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Twelve-year-old Koichi lives with his mother and retired grandparents in the southern region of Japan. His younger brother Ryunosuke lives with their father in the northern region of Japan. 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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 67
- Fresh: 63
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 8.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Whenever its children are on screen, lighted up with joy or dimmed by hard adult truths, the film burns bright.
Fresh: There is a lot of hope in the air in "I Wish," but the film never feels sappy.
Fresh: "I Wish" is a wonderful adventure film that's no less thrilling for its modest scale, and a film whose emotional power and intelligence sneak up on you.
Fresh: The sort of small film of real consequence that, as a kid, I remember seeing and completely losing myself in: That was my life.
Heart warming and moving film
I loved this movie so much that I watched it twice in the 24 hours itunes lets you rent. Coming from a similarly broken home, my heart goes out to these boys who try to make the most of things while living unwanted separate lives. This film touched my soul and I will not be the same because of it.