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Rated PG · 128 minutes · 2013

Comedy drama
Hirokazu Kore-eda, maker of obliquely sentimental, ultra-Japanese character studies like Still Walking and the wonderful Nobody Knows, fashions another, gentler story of children. Two young brothers (played by real-life siblings and juvie comedians Koki and Ohshiro Maeda), separated by their parents’ divorce, hatch a fanciful plan involving passing shinkansen trains and the granting of wishes, in order to reunite their family. Kore-eda stocks this wistful Kyushu tale with enough kindly characters to populate a Yasujiro Ozu film – there’s not a mean adult in the movie. Kore-eda claims he was partially inspired by Rob Reiner’s movie of Stephen King’s Stand By Me, and there is a flavor of that as the brothers and their friends band together on their “magical” quest. But the true chemistry exists somewhere in the air between the kids’ sweet personalities and the filmmaker’s patented optimistic realism. A supremely humane film. (128 min.)


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Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Producer: Kentaro Koike and Hijiri Taguchi
Cast: Koki Maeda, Ohshiro Maeda, Ryôga Hayashi, Kyara Uchida, Kanna Hashimoto, Rento Isobe, Nene Ohtsuka, Joe Odagiri and Yui Natsukawa

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