I Wish

Koichi lives with his mother and retired grandparents in Kagoshima, the southern part of Kyushu region. Separated by their parents’ divorce, his brother Ryunosuke lives with their father in Hakata in northern Kyushu. A new bullet train line in the region will be inaugurated soon, and Koichi starts to believe a “miracle” will happen the first moment these new bullet trains intersect each other from opposite directions with their highest speed; his only wish is for his family to live together once again. With some help from grown-ups around him, Koichi sets out on a journey with a group of friends, each hoping to witness a miracle. [Synopsis courtesy of TIFF]

My Way (Mai-wei)

During the invasion of Normandy the photograph of a slim Korean man in German uniform was found. It transpired that the man had served as a soldier in the Japanese, Russian and German armies. His incredible story inspired director Kang Je-Gyu to create this epic war drama and tell for the first time the story of the Second World War from a Korean point of view. This big-budget production features stupendous battle scenes but also the moving story of two rivals who in spite of the war manage to find common ground. Jun-shik, a Korean, and Tatsuo, who is Japanese, meet during the Japanese occupation of Korea. Both men are promising marathon runners but their friendly rivalry soon turns sour and makes them bitter enemies. When war breaks out they to travel a distance of 12,000 kilometres – from battles on the Manchurian-Mongolian border, to Siberia and finally Normandy. During this time they first hate, then fight each other. But gradually their hatred gives way to acceptance and finally, they become friends once more – united by their inextinguishable dream of one day winning a gold medal in a marathon. [Synopsis courtesy of Berlin International Film Festival]

Air Doll (Kûki ningyô)

An “air doll” (played by Du-na Bae) suddenly develops human feelings one day. Without her owner knowing, the air doll decides to walk around town. She then falls in love with Junichi, whom she spots while walking the aisles of a video rental store. She then starts to date Junichi and eventually works at the video shop. Everything seems to be going perfect for the air doll until something unexpected happens to her.

The Way

Inspired by a true story. Jun Shik works for Tatsuo’s grandfather’s farm while Korea is colonized by Japan, but he has a dream to participate in Tokyo Olympics as a marathon runner. Tatsuo also aims to become a marathon runner, so the two are in rivalry. But war breaks out and they both are forced to enlist in the army. Tatsuo becomes the head of defense in Jun Shik’s unit and he devises a scheme but fails. Jun Shik and Tatsuo are captured by the Soviets. They run away but soon are captured by Germans and forced to separate. In 1944, they meet again at the shores of Normandy.

The World of Kanako

Showa Fujishima is a former detective. One day, his daughter Kanako, who is a model student, disappears. To find his daughter, he investigates more carefully into his daughter’s life. He then becomes involved in a shocking situation.

The Great Passage

Majime, an eccentric man in publishing company, who has unique ability of words, joins the team that will compile a new dictionary, ‘The Great Passage.’ In the eclectic team, he becomes immersed in the world of dictionaries. But the team is overwhelmed with problems. Will ‘The Great Passage’ ever be completed?