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I Wish (2011) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) VCD

Abe Hiroshi (Actor) | Odagiri Joe (Actor) | Nagasawa Masami (Actor) | Natsukawa Yui (Actor)
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I Wish (2011) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Two brothers try to create a miracle in I Wish, the latest film from acclaimed Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu (Nobody Knows, Still Walking). Despite being produced for a mass audience and various commercial interests (including Japan Rail), the editor-writer-director manages to retain his signature documentary style and his eye for capturing subtly powerful emotional moments. Real-life stand-up comedy team/siblings Maeda Maeda (comprised of 12-year-old Koki and 10-year-old Oshiro) make their big screen debut as separated brothers who hope to reunite their family with the magic power of the new Kyushu bullet train route. In addition to the adorable Maeda brothers, I Wish also features a stellar adult cast that includes Odagiri Joe (Tokyo Tower), Otsuka Nene (Hero), Kiki Kirin (Villain), Hashitsume Isao (Space Battleship Yamato), Natsukawa Yui (Still Walking), Abe Hiroshi (Trick), Nagasawa Masami (The Last Princess), and Harada Yoshio.

After their parents' divorce, brothers Koichi (Maeda Koki) and Ryunosuke (Maeda Oshiro) are forced to live separately. While the older Koichi is miserable in Kagoshima with his mother (Otsuka Nene) and grandparents (Kiki Kirin and Hashitsume Isao), the younger Ryunosuke enjoys a laid-back life with his musician father (Odagiri Joe) in Fukuoka. Despite their different lives, the two brothers - who often contact each other on their cell phones - want desperately for their family to reunite. One day, Koichi hears that the energy generated when two trains on the new Kyushu bullet train line pass each other can make any wish come true, as long as the wisher is present. Koichi and Ryunosuke then decide to hatch a plan - with the assistance of their friends and other adults - that involves meeting at where the two trains pass and combine their wishes for a better chance of a reunion.

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Product Title: I Wish (2011) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 奇蹟 (2011) (VCD) (香港版) 奇迹 (2011) (VCD) (香港版) I Wish (2011) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) I Wish (2011) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Miracle / Kiseki Miracle / Kiseki Miracle / Kiseki Miracle / Kiseki Miracle / Kiseki
Artist Name(s): Abe Hiroshi (Actor) | Odagiri Joe (Actor) | Nagasawa Masami (Actor) | Natsukawa Yui (Actor) | Harada Yoshio (Actor) | Otsuka Nene (Actor) | Hashizume Isao (Actor) | Kiki Kirin (Actor) | Maeda Koki (Actor) | Hayashi Ryoga (Actor) | Maeda Oshiro (Actor) | Nagayoshi Hoshinosuke (Actor) | Uchida Kyara (Actor) | Hashimoto Kanna (Actor) 阿部寬 (Actor) | 小田切讓 (Actor) | 長澤正美 長澤雅美 (Actor) | 夏川結衣 (Actor) | 原田芳雄 (Actor) | 大塚寧寧 (Actor) | 橋爪功 (Actor) | 樹木希林 (Actor) | 前田航基 (Actor) | Hayashi Ryoga (Actor) | 前田旺志郎 (Actor) | Nagayoshi Hoshinosuke (Actor) | 內田伽羅 (Actor) | 橋本環奈 (Actor) 阿部宽 (Actor) | 小田切让 (Actor) | 长泽雅美 (Actor) | 夏川结衣 (Actor) | 原田芳雄 (Actor) | 大冢宁宁 (Actor) | 桥爪功 (Actor) | 树木希林 (Actor) | 前田航基 (Actor) | Hayashi Ryoga (Actor) | 前田旺志郎 (Actor) | Nagayoshi Hoshinosuke (Actor) | 内田伽罗 (Actor) | 桥本环奈 (Actor) 阿部寛 (Actor) | オダギリジョー (Actor) | 長澤まさみ (Actor) | 夏川結衣 (Actor) | ハラダヨシオ (Actor) | 大塚寧々 (Actor) | ハシヅメイサオ (Actor) | きき きりん (Actor) | 前田航基 (Actor) | 林凌雅 (Actor) | 前田旺志郎 (Actor) | 永吉星之介 (Actor) | 内田伽羅 (Actor) | 橋本環奈 (Actor) Abe Hiroshi (Actor) | 오다기리 죠 (Actor) | 나가사와 마사미 (Actor) | Natsukawa Yui (Actor) | Harada Yoshio (Actor) | Otsuka Nene (Actor) | Hashizume Isao (Actor) | Kiki Kirin (Actor) | Maeda Koki (Actor) | Hayashi Ryoga (Actor) | Maeda Oshiro (Actor) | Nagayoshi Hoshinosuke (Actor) | Uchida Kyara (Actor) | ハシモトカンナ (Actor)
Director: Kore-eda Hirokazu 是枝 裕和 是枝裕和 是枝裕和 고레에다 히로카즈
Release Date: 2012-11-09
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): VCD
Duration: 128 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031968663

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Director: Kore-eda Hirokazu

Two brothers are separated. Their parents are divorced, and the older brother Koichi lives with his mother and the younger brother Ryunosuke with his father. The two brothers have been exchanging information and keeping in contact in the hope that their parents will get back together and live as one family again. One day Koichi hears a rumor that the new Kyushu shinkansen (bullet train) line connecting Kagoshima to Hakata is about to open. "On opening day, if you are there at the moment the Shinkansens Tsubame, heading south from Hakata, and Sakura, heading north from Kagoshima, cross at 160 miles an hour, a miracle will happen." "An immense amount of energy is created and that will make your wish come true." Ryunosuke and his friends soon arrive at the platform opposite. First, they all look for a place where they will be able to see the shinkansen crossing from above. They have no idea that miracles are about to happen to both them and the grownups around them...

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Professional Review of "I Wish (2011) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 14, 2011

This professional review refers to Kiseki (I Wish) (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu returns with I Wish (the film's Japanese title is Kiseki which translates as "Miracle"), a heart warming tale of two young brothers hoping to bring their separated parents back together. Shot in his usual documentary style, the film is somewhat of a more commercial outing for the acclaimed helmer, being part produced for Japan Rail. At the same time, it's also one of his most charming, thanks in part to some excellent performances from his young cast, headlined by the 12 year old Maeda Koki and 10 year old Maeda Ohshiro, real life brothers and the two halves of the Maeda Maeda stand-up comedy team. The supporting adult cast is comprised of some very impressive names, including Odagiri Joe (Dream), Otsuka Nene (Hero), Kiki Kirin (Villain), Hashitsume Isao (Space Battleship Yamato), Natsukawa Yui (Still Walking), Abe Hiroshi (Trick), Nagasawa Masami (The Last Princess), and Harada Yoshio.

Maeda Koki and Maeda Ohshiro play Koichi and Ryunosuke, two brothers who are now living apart and in different towns due to their mother (Otsuka Nene) and father (Odagiri Joe) splitting up. The two remain in close contact and after one day hearing that the energy created when two bullet trains pass each other for the first time on the new Kyushu line will be enough to grant wishes, they hatch a plan to bring their parents back together. Teaming with a gang of classmates, they decide to try and find the location where the trains will meet in the hope that their wishes will come true.

For anyone familiar with the works of Kore-eda Hirokazu, I Wish comes across almost as the positive flipside to his far more depressing Nobody Knows which also followed a group of children being left to their own devices, though with the focus on grim tragedy. Here, he seems in a deliberately upbeat mood, with the film being an utterly charming and frequently very amusing affair, told almost entirely from the point of view of its young protagonists and filled with youthful hope, innocence and infectious exuberance. This isn't to say that the film is cutesy or childish, and there's actually a great deal going on, including various subplots that kind of drift in and out of the main narrative, and it's here that Kore-eda's true skill as a storyteller really shines, as he manages to say and convey a great deal without devoting much screen time. Similarly, whilst the basic premise may seem simple, the story doesn't play out as expected, with a surprising lack of sentimentality or artificial drama, emerging as a grounded, pre-teen Stand by Me type tale about coming of age.

Kore-eda as usual goes for a naturalistic, near improvised feel, his camera capturing the everyday lives of his characters with a subtly intimate though objective air and a magical eye for detail. Visually, he still manages to work in some moments of quiet beauty throughout, showing an Ozu-like fascination with railways, and seeming to draw a connection between the speed and vitality of the trains and their opening up of the country and the children as the next generation and the hope for the future. The child actors are all superb and wholly believable, with the Maedas both being adorable and having a great chemistry together, and with the rest of the non-professional youngsters also doing a great job. Despite the big names amongst the supporting cast, the adult characters remain largely in the background for the duration, and the film is certainly the better for it, their presence never distracting from the main plot or intruding on the child's point of view which Kore-eda is clearly revelling in.

As a result, I Wish is arguably his 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 the often arthouse-pigeonholed director.

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