Roger Ebert, in his comment about “I Wish” on Rotten Tomatoes, says, it’s “built around performances by two real-life brothers who are as unaffected, spirited and lovable as I can imagine, and one of the pleasures of “I Wish” is simply spending time with them.” Andrew L. Urban adds, “and in the way Kore-eda [writer/director] immerses us in provincial Japanese life is exceptional.”I think they’re holding back. There’s so much more to this film than meets the eye.
I had the pleasure of watching it last night and will undoubtedly return to it many times. It’s one of those films – so many levels – not to mention one of the main settings is Kagoshima. Did I give something away here?