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I Wish (Amerasia 2012 Review) [Recommended]

i_wishI Wish (2011)
dir: Koreeda Hirokazu

I liked this movie. It brings back memories of childhood when I had boundless energy and was running around just as much as the kids in this movie do. There’s a youthful energy and exuberance that the child actors exhibit that is hard to resist unless you’re really cynical. They also make some pretty funny comments too.

The story focuses on two brothers whose parents have separated. The older brother lives with his mom and maternal grandparents while the younger brother lives with his dad. The older one hears of a modern day myth that if one makes a wish at a spot where two trains pass then it will come true. The older brother in particular wants his parents to get back together although his actual wish is comically a roundabout way of doing so. The younger brother isn’t as concerned about bringing the family together but both brothers plan to meet up with the help of their friends and travel to this “miracle” spot to make their wishes.

The enjoyment of the movie mostly comes from observing the kids’ everyday lives although it does drag sometimes. The main plotline of preparing for the trip is done in a predictably quick montage and the kids meet with little resistance as they reach the spot where the trains will pass. It’s a bit too convenient which makes the lessons learned somewhat unearned but it still feels heartfelt.

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Longtime fan of East Asian films. Occasional guest "movie reporter" on the music radio show / podcast "Beats From The East" broadcasted on Concordia University's CJLO 1690AM radio station in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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