...These images are brought together at the end of the film in an impressionistic montage that is at once an encapsulation of the film that precedes it and Koreeda’s marvellous career as a whole
Koreeda has learnt from [Edward] Yang that no detail is unimportant, and I Wish finesses his skill in giving seemingly trivial, everyday moments and images a lasting resonance. The film has the quality of a realist fable, underpinned by strong elements of social commentary. The adult stars, most returning from previous Koreeda movies, contribute expert character sketches which intensify the sociological dimension. But it’s the insight into childhood experience which shines.