Kiseki (I Wish) is a bit of a lighthearted dramedy, even without too much seriousness and no punchlines. And actually I didn’t have my first chuckle until about an hour into the movie. Its more of a pleasant, natural and simple film with a story that you can take to heart. Its shot mostly with still-hand camera and realistic dialogue. Its as much a children’s movie as it is humanistic. Kiseki is a story about family and childhood.
The story, which was written after the lead child actors (real-life brothers) were cast, is centered around two brothers separated by their parents divorce and their ‘wish’ of reuniting. With a proclaimed storytelling style and ability, Hirokazu Koreeda (Air Doll, Nobody Knows) puts life and the innocence of children in context “with his style of naturalistic filmmaking, with its avoidance of melodrama and sentimentalism” (Japan Times).
While there were a few moments where the novice child acting was apparent, their overall character portrayals leave a good impression. Similarly, the star-studded supporting cast help balance the screen-time and plot.
aparoo’s words: lighthearted, dramedy, natural, family, humanistic, childhood, innocence, life
aparoo says 4/5, great story but seemed to run kind of long (2h 10min)
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