The latest from Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda is a gem, a sunny yet thoroughly realistic story of children on the verge of facing the cards that life deals them. 12-year-old Koichi (Koki Maeda) lives with his mother, sad that she separated from his father, especially because that means Koichi's younger brother Ryu (Ohshiro Maeda) lives many miles away. The two boys and their separate circles of friends gradually hatch a fanciful scheme to get their parents back together by wishing on a new bullet train. By no means a fairy story, the film is heartwarming and sympathetic without being sentimental. The two leads are real-life brothers and a popular stand-up comedy act called Maeda Maeda. The original Japanese title, Kiseki, means "miracle," and in several ways this film is one. In Japanese with English subtitles. Music: Quruli. Writer/Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda. (Japan 2011) 128 min.