Friday, June 8, 2012

Japanese film I Wish at Melwood Screening Room, June 22 - 26.

Oakland's Melwood Screening Room will show the Japanese film I Wish (奇跡) from June 22nd through 26th. The Pittsburgh Filmmakers site sums it up:
Some have called director Hirokazu Kore-eda the heir to Ozu, and the proof is here in this sweet and wise film. The adventure begins with 12-year-old Koichi, whose parents are divorced, and who desperately wants to reunite his family. We see his sullen gaze on the active volcano that touches everything in his new town where he lives with his mother. His younger brother lives with his father. When he learns that a new bullet train line will open, linking the two towns, he starts to believe that a miracle will take place the moment the trains first pass each other at top speed. Features wonderful, natural performances from the kids. With subtitles. (Hirokazu Kore-eda; Japan; 2011; 128 min)
It opens on Friday at 8:00 pm, has showings Saturday at 5:30 and 8:00, Sunday at 3:00, and Monday and Tuesday at 8:00. More on imdb and Wikipedia, which notes the film enjoys an 85% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

It doesn't look like it from Google Maps, but there is plenty of parking available outside the theater, since it sits almost at a dead-end in a neglected corner of Oakland.