I Wish

I Wish

Japan, 2011, 128 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Asian, Coming of Age, Drama, Foreign
Language: Japanese English Sub-Titles

Must end Thursday, June 21st at the DenverFilmCenter/Colfax
35 mm Presentation - Twelve-year-old Koichi lives with his mother and grandparents in a small town by a smoking volcano. His parents' divorce has split the family, with his younger brother Ryu and their feckless rock musician dad living over a hundred miles away. Koichi yearns for his family to be reunited, and when he learns that a new bullet train line will soon open—linking the two towns—he starts to believe that the combined energy when two trains pass each other at top speed could make his wish come true. 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.

DIRECTOR: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Principal 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
US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

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