Thursday 24 April: I WISH
Hirokazu Koreeda, Japan 2011. 129 mins. Certificate PG
A masterwork of contemporary Japanese cinema, this beautifully directed film from Hirokazu Koreeda perfectly captures the end of childhood.
Where: Golden Lion, 116 Sydenham Road
When: 7.30pm Thursday 24 April 2014
Tickets: £5 on the door; FREE to members!
Forced to live with different parents in the wake of their separation, I Wish follows brothers Koichi and Ryu as they hatch a plan to bring the family back together. All they need is a miracle…
Starring real life brothers Koki and Ohshirô Maeda, the film is bursting with outstanding performances from first time actors as well as a cast of longstanding Koreeda collaborators.
Koreeda has been called his generations Ozu and I Wish offers a contemporary take on pre-teen life that rivals the best in ’80s Spielberg. Prepare to be wowed.
★★★★★ ‘[T]his complex, delicate drama about two young boys living through their parents’ split is the real deal, and deeply satisfying’ Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN
★★★★★ ‘Every performance works, every character fits, every observation rings true.’ Tom Huddleston, TIME OUT
★★★★ ‘Everything is fresh in this stations-of-childhood story lit up by stroboscopic flashes of wit, beauty and perception.’ Nigel Andrews, FINANCIAL TIMES
★★★★ ‘Hirokazu Koreeda is Japan’s greatest working filmmaker. End of.’ David Jenkins, LITTLE WHITE LIES