Kore-eda

I Wish

Sunday, March 15, 2020 - Tuesday, March 17, 2020

35mm Print!

Twelve-year-old Koichi lives with his mother and retired grandparents in the southern region 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.


“Delicate and observant. A lovely and piquant examination of childhood.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“I loved I WISH. A gem of world cinema by a gifted master of the craft.” – Jason Solomons, The Guardian

Screening as part of our retrospective Family Portraits: The Films of Hirokazu Kore-eda, from Mar 12 – 19, 2020. Discounted ticket packs available in 3-packs ($36 for general, $27 for IFC Center Members) and 5-packs ($60 for general, $45 for IFC Center Members) here.

  • Country Japan
  • Language In Japanese with English subtitles.
  • Year 2011
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil
  • Running Time 128 minutes
  • Director Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • Writer Hirokazu Kore-eda