Twelve-year-old Koichi lives with his mother and retired grandparents in Kagoshima, in the southern region of Kyushu, Japan. 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.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Whenever its children are on screen, lighted up with joy or dimmed by hard adult truths, the film burns bright.Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 05.10.2012
There is a lot of hope in the air in "I Wish," but the film never feels sappy.Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 05.10.2012
"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.Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 05.10.2012
The sort of small film of real consequence that, as a kid, I remember seeing and completely losing myself in: That was my life.Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, 05.24.2012