Summary: A good movie about children is a rare thing. It happens more commonly in Europe and Asia than it does in the USA, which has forever laboured under the curse of Disney. Even NZ pulled it off with "Boy". So "I Wish" is a shiny gem worth cherishing. For me, this film was a major highlight of this year's International Film Festival and I'm delighted to be able to get the chance of seeing it again on general release.
A wonderful film focusing on children's dreams, although a little too long.
18 August 2012
Summary: I really loved this film! Having seen it at the New Zealand Film Festival, I want to see it again in the regular cinemas as I don't think I caught everything first time. The children in this film are very endearing, and the lead-up to when the main character's dream is fulfilled is great. There's also an interesting subplot of the reality of living in Kagoshima, with a smouldering volcano right on one's doorstep.
Summary: As stylish and thoughtful as this Japanese film was,for me it failed to deliver in a few too many areas. As stylish and thoughtful as this Japanese film was, I felt it didn't quite deliver as I might have hoped. What was essentially a very sweet tale of childhood innocence and the engineering of circumstances to fulfill dreams of family unity, it became bogged down with unnecessary detail and numerous subplots.