Hirokazu Kore-eda’s sweet, charming and utterly uplifting I Wish (奇跡, Kiseki) will be released in UK cinemas nationwide from 8 February 2013 by Arrow Films, who previously successfully released A Simple Life and Poetry.
Featuring stunning performances by a young cast, particularly from leads (and real life brothers) Koki and Oshiro Maeda, and a fantastic ensemble cast of well-known faces, including Joe Odagiri (Adrift In Tokyo, My Way), Nene Otsuka (The Foreign Duck, the Native Duck and God in a Coin Locker), Hiroshi Abe (Chocolate, Survive Style 5+) and several scene-stealing appearances from veteran actress Kirin Kiki (Still Walking, Villain, Kamikaze Girls), the film tells of the boys endeavours to watch two trains pass on a new bullet train line, where it is said wishes can come true.
2013 could be the year we here in the UK finally acknowledge Kore-eda as the cinematic master he is, with Matchbox Films releasing a box set, the Kore-eda Hirokazu Collection, collecting Air Doll, After Life, Still Walking and Nobody Knows, on
28 January 11 February.
Now all we need is someone to pick up Hana so we can see how a film about Akō’s 47 Ronin should be approached – before Keanu’s effort gets released!