I Wish (Kore-eda, 2011): Vue West End, Leicester Square, 6pm
This film is also on at Vue West End on Monday 17th at 3pm. Details here.
The movie is screening as part of the London Film Festival. Here is my general introduction to the Festival. Over the next 15 days I will pick a film a day. I am as confident as I can be that this is the pick of the movies within the parameters I have set - the movies you are likely to get a ticket for and the ones you are unlikely to see in London very soon unless you go to the Festival.
Time Out review:
'The long shadow of Yasujiro Ozu – and memories of his own ‘Nobody Knows’ – inform this latest masterpiece from one of Japan’s finest living directors. Ryu and Koichi are brothers separated by divorce: stoic, grounded 12-year-old Koichi lives dutifully in coastal Kagoshima with his mother and grandparents, while 10-year-old tearaway Ryu is living it up with his deadbeat musician dad in urban Kyushu. But when Koichi discovers that a new bullet train line is due to open – and that the first two trains will pass each other roughly halfway between the two cities – he spies a chance to reunite the family. With note-perfect performances from its young leads and their sprawling, beautifully sketched gang of friends, lucid photography (including a heartstopping climactic still-frame sequence) and a plot that leads to precisely the right part of nowhere, ‘I Wish’ is perhaps best summed up by its original Japanese title: miracle.'
Here is the trailer.
Here is the LFF's main website for the general information you need. Don't worry if the film is sold out as there are always some tickets on offer which go on sale 30 minutes before each screening. Here is the information you need to get those standby tickets.