Japan’s answer to Truffaut, Hirokazu Kore-eda, revisits the terrain of childhood with a truly sweet, low-key film. Living hundreds of miles apart since their parents’ separation, plucky 12-year-old Koichi (Koki Maeda) and his younger brother Ryunosuke (Ohshiro Maeda) hatch a long-distance plan to reunite their family: if they rendezvous at the equidistant point at precisely the moment that north- and south-bound bullet trains pass each other on the line that links their towns, they will be granted a wish. Guess what happens? Kore-eda’s latest is constantly buoyed by an unforced sense of how the world looks from a child’s point of view, and showcases the talents of the delightful Maeda brothers—who in their day jobs are a celebrated grade-school-age comedy duo!
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