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Norwegian Wood (2010) More at IMDbPro »Noruwei no mori (original title)

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Norwegian Wood -- Upon hearing the song "Norwegian Wood," Toru remembers back to his life in the 1960s, when his friend Kizuki killed himself and he grew close to Naoko, Kizuki's girlfriend

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Haruki Murakami (novel)
Tran Anh Hung (written by)
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Release Date:
11 December 2010 (Japan) See more »
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Plot:
Toru recalls his life in the 1960s, when his friend Kizuki killed himself and he grew close to Naoko, Kizuki's girlfriend, and another woman, the outgoing, lively Midori. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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4 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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(36 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Ken'ichi Matsuyama ... Toru Watanabe

Rinko Kikuchi ... Naoko

Kiko Mizuhara ... Midori
Kengo Kôra ... Kizuki
Reika Kirishima ... Dr. Reiko Ishida

Eriko Hatsune ... Hatsumi
Tokio Emoto ... Storm Trooper
Takao Handa ... Midori's Father
Yusuke ... High School Classmate
Yûki Itô ... Student Activist
Kentarô Tamura ... Student Activist
Makoto Sugisawa ... Student Activist
Kohei Yoshino ... Student Activist
Sawako Okuma ... College Girl
Haruka Masuda ... College Girl
Yui Higashiyama ... College Girl
Izumi Hirasawa ... Midori's Friend
Mariko Yamanaka ... Midori's Sister (voice)
Shinichi Hara ... Dorm Student
Wataru Ohshige ... Dorm Student
Tomoako Miyake ... Dorm Student
Masahiro Kobori ... Dorm Student
Shigesato Itoi ... University Professor
Haruomi Hosono ... Record Shop Manager
Yukihiro Takahashi ... Gatekeeper

Tetsuji Tamayama ... Nagasawa
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rika Yasui Hammen ... Extra (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Tran Anh Hung 
 
Writing credits
Haruki Murakami (novel)

Tran Anh Hung (written by)

Produced by
Wouter Barendrecht .... co-executive producer
Satoshi Fukushima .... co-producer
Joe Ikeda .... associate producer
Chihiro Kameyama .... executive producer
Naoki Kusumoto .... producer: main title
Kaoru Matsuzaki .... associate producer
Mioko Ogawa .... assistant producer
Shinji Ogawa .... producer
Keizô Shukuzaki .... line producer (as Keizo Shukuzaki)
Masao Teshima .... executive producer
Michael J. Werner .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jonny Greenwood 
 
Cinematography by
Ping Bin Lee (director of photography) (as Mark Lee Ping Bin)
 
Film Editing by
Mario Battistel 
 
Casting by
Tsuyoshi Sugino 
 
Production Design by
Norifumi Ataka 
Tran Nu Yên-Khê  (as Yên Khê Luguern)
 
Set Decoration by
Tetsuya Nomura 
Ayaki Takagi 
 
Costume Design by
Tran Nu Yên-Khê  (as Yên Khê Luguern)
 
Makeup Department
Naoko Ikeo .... additional hair stylist
Naoko Ikeo .... additional makeup artist
Kana Masuda .... additional hair stylist
Kana Masuda .... additional makeup artist
Yûichi Matsui .... makeup effects artist (as Yuichi Matsui)
Manami Mayamoto .... additional makeup artist
Manami Miyamoto .... additional hair stylist
Etsuko Ohno .... additional hair stylist
Etsuko Ohno .... additional makeup artist
Satoka Takakuwa .... assistant hair stylist
Satoka Takakuwa .... assistant makeup artist
Fumi Takeshita .... key hair stylist
Fumi Takeshita .... key makeup artist
Chika Tanabe .... additional hair stylist
Chika Tanabe .... additional makeup artist
Masayo Tokuda .... additional hair stylist
Masayo Tokuda .... additional makeup artist
 
Production Management
Takashi Ishihara .... production supervisor
Susumu Isono .... executive supervisor
Hiroyuki Ogawa .... supervisor
Yasushi Shiina .... executive supervisor
Yusuke Taguchi .... production manager
Shinji Takeuchi .... supervisor
Hironori Terashima .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masaru Ikeda .... director: main title sequence
Hideaki Jimbo .... assistant director
Shôzô Katashima .... first assistant director (as Shozo Katashima)
Yu Koreyasu .... assistant director
Mitsutomo Maeda .... director: main title sequence
Koichi Tanaka .... assistant director
Yuko Yamamoto .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Satoshi Hashizume .... additional art director
Takumi Hirano .... additional set dresser
Nao Idei .... props
Kenji Iizuka .... construction foreman
Mai Ikeo .... set dresser
Gen Itô .... assistant art director
Kenji Iwai .... set dresser
Hironori Iwamoto .... assistant art director
Masashi Kumagai .... set construction supervisor
Chie Matsumoto .... additional set dresser
Kosuke Mito .... greensman
Mariko Mituzaki .... additional set dresser
Makiko Morita .... set dresser
Fumiori Nagashima .... construction foreman
Keisuke Sakurai .... set dresser
Kyoko Shimano .... painter
Aya Suzuki .... assistant art director
Naoko Takemura .... props
Miyuki Tanaka .... set dresser
Ayumi Tokuda .... set dresser
Chigusa Tsutsumi .... painter
Atsushi Yamaguchi .... door carpenter
Yasuhiro Yamauchi .... additional set dresser
Tsuyoshi Yamazaki .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Philippe Amouroux .... re-recording mixer
Fabrice Conesa .... foley artist
Fabrice Conesa .... foley mixer
Yukio Hokari .... additional sound effects
Natsuko Inoue .... foley editor
Hiroshi Ishigai .... dialogue editor
Hideaki Ishii .... optical sound recordist
Takeshi Kawamata .... sound recordist
Fusako Kitagawa .... sound studio assistant
Vincent Maloumian .... foley assistant
Yujiro Miki .... sound recordist
Gadou Naudin .... foley artist
Noboru Nishio .... optical sound recording advisor
Miki Nomura .... sound studio engineer
Akihiko Okase .... sound effects supervisor
Takeshi Shimizu .... sound recordist
Kazuhiko Tomita .... sound recordist
Tomoharu Urata .... sound mixer
Niels Barletta .... sound mastering engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Hidekazu Kishiura .... special effects supervisor
Yoshitaka Makigi .... special effects technician
Kimiko Murai .... special effects technician
Chuji Shimajiri .... special effects supervisor
Isamu Terakado .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Shoko Azami .... compositor
Nobuya Ishida .... compositor
Keisuke Katohno .... digital matte
Hajime Matsumoto .... visual effects supervisor
Minami Okuma .... compositor
Yukio Sakamoto .... compositor
Kiyohisa Shirao .... 3dcg
Kiyohisa Shirao .... compositor
Daiwa Shoji .... compositor
Takashi Tanaka .... compositor (as Takashi Tanaka)
Naoto Tobe .... compositor
Manami Tsujino .... 3dcg director
Kazuhisa Yoshizawa .... digital artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ryohei Abe .... assistant lighting technician
Fumina Echizen .... additional grip
Jun Fukumoto .... cinematographer: autumn unit
Keigo Fukushima .... assistant camera operator: winter unit
Shiyi Gao .... assistant camera operator (as Gao Shi Yi)
Alan Gitlin .... digital imaging technician
Kenichi Hamada .... assistant lighting technician: winter unit
Takumi Hirai .... assistant lighting technician
Yoshiyuki Iida .... assistant camera operator
Arata Ishizuka .... best boy grip
Gen Ito .... assistant camera operator: autumn unit
Hiroki Izumi .... Steadicam operator
Kouken Jinno .... assistant lighting technician
Yasuyuki Jitsuhara .... key grip
Kensuke Kitamura .... additional lighting technician
Megumi Kitamura .... underwater camera operator
Shigeto Kunii .... assistant camera operator
Hideo Kunimatsu .... camera department assistant
Koichi Kuroda .... still photographer
Takako Maji .... assistant camera operator: autumn unit
Yasushi Masuda .... additional lighting technician
Hiroshi Matsuda .... additional grip
Hiroyuki Matsudo .... underwater camera operator
Norito Matsumoto .... assistant lighting technician
Takahiro Mizuse .... assistant lighting technician
Yûki Nakamura .... lighting director
Masayuki Nishimura .... assistant lighting technician: winter unit
Hironobu Ohno .... assistant lighting technician
Keigo Ohnuki .... assistant lighting technician (as Keigo Onuki)
Tai Ouchi .... digital imaging technician assistant
Jun Saitô .... additional lighting technician (as Jun Saito)
Tetsuo Sano .... underwater camera operator
Ryota Sato .... additional grip
Hikaru Satô .... assistant camera operator: winter unit (as Hikaru Sato)
Kôta Satô .... additional lighting technician (as Kota Sato)
Yûdai Satô .... additional grip (as Yudai Sato)
Jun Shimogaito .... additional assistant camera operator
Takayuki Sugimura .... assistant camera operator
Yosuke Suzuki .... additional grip
Takemasa Tagishi .... additional grip
Satoshi Tani .... assistant lighting technician: winter unit
Sean Walker .... assistant camera operator
 
Casting Department
Ryuta Takaya .... casting associate
Yoichiro Yamaguchi .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nami Shinozuka .... key costumer
Sayaka Takahashi .... key costumer
Miyuki Tanaka .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Ado Ishii .... color management
Frédéric Busnel Joncour .... editing studio technical supervisor: Paris
Hiromichi Komai .... on-line editor
Caroline Lasselin .... editing studio organization and logistics: Paris
Stephane Lehembre .... editing studio organization and logistics: Paris (as Stéphane Lehembre)
Wataru Matsumota .... color management
Yov Moor .... digital intermediate consultant: post-production
Chikako Namba .... assistant editor
Syo Ogoshi .... film recording (as Sho Ogoshi)
Ken Okada .... digital cinema mastering
Masaharu Oomi .... color timer (as Masaharu Ohmi)
Kiyoshi Anatol Runze .... post-production coordinator: Paris
Seiji Saitô .... digital color grader (as Seiji Saito)
Yaori Sato .... color timer
Gilles Stella .... editing studio technical assistant: Paris
 
Location Management
Sachiko Hanaoka .... location manager
Atsushi Shimane .... location manager
 
Music Department
John Barrett .... pro tools operator
BBC Concert Orchestra .... musicians
Fiona Bonds .... musician: violin, The Emperor Quartet
Martin Burgess .... musician: violin, The Emperor Quartet
Bryce Edge .... music executive producer: Jonny Greenwood
The Emperor Quartet .... musicians
Jonny Greenwood .... composer: additional music
Takeshi Hayama .... live performance coordinator: Kobe
Clare Hayes .... musician: violin, The Emperor Quartet
Benjamin Hughes .... musician: cello soloist
Aiko Kakurai .... music coordinator
Joely Koos .... musician: cello, The Emperor Quartet
Toshitaro Kurata .... musical instrument instructor
Toshitaro Kurata .... musician
John Metcalfe .... musician: viola, The Emperor Quartet
Yuuki Motoya .... music 5.1 mix assistant
Charles Mutter .... musician: violin soloist
Erika Ohtake .... music recording engineer
Simon Rhodes .... score recordist
Kei Sato .... music editor
William Schofield .... musician: cello, The Emperor Quartet
Hiroshi Shimofusa .... assistant music editor
Graeme Stewart .... music 2.0 & 5.1 mixer: additional music
Graeme Stewart .... music 5.1 mixer
Graeme Stewart .... music mixer: The Emperor Quartet
Graeme Stewart .... music producer: The Emperor Quartet
Graeme Stewart .... music producer: additional music
Graeme Stewart .... music recordist: The Emperor Quartet
Graeme Stewart .... music recordist: additional music
Graeme Stewart .... recording producer
Eriko Tateno .... voice trainer
Sanchiko Tawa .... voice trainer
Rebecca Turner .... orchestra leader: BBC Concert Orchestra
Timothy Welch .... musician: viola soloist
Shin Yasui .... music producer
Robert Ziegler .... conductor: BBC Concert Orchestra
Robert Ziegler .... orchestral arrangements: BBC Concert Orchestra
Akihiko Ôno .... music 5.1 mixer (as Akihiko Ohno)
Paul Pritchard .... assistant scoring engineer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Yoshiaki Asukada .... transportation
Takahiro Imanishi .... transportation
Yoshinari Inoue .... transportation
Hideki Iwamoto .... transportation
Takafumi Kondo .... transportation
Tashiyuki Koyama .... transportation
Akihiko Masuda .... transportation
Shinichiro Matsuo .... transportation
Ryota Miyazaki .... transportation
Seishi Ochi .... transportation
Tomohiro Sakai .... transportation
Kôichi Satô .... transportation
Tetsuya Takada .... transportation
Noboru Tonooka .... transportation
Takeshi Uehara .... transportation
 
Other crew
Yoko Amakawa .... assistant: Mr. Tran, winter unit
Keiko Amano .... production assistant
Eve Gabereau .... distribution
Naomi Hatta .... assistant to producers
Naoki Hishikawa .... production assistant
Hitoshi Igaue .... assistant marine coordinator
Anna Ishikawa .... dialect coach
Yasuharu Kanda .... record shop set supervisor
Reiko Katayama .... assistant to producers
Kimihito Kato .... production legal
Hidemaru Koyanagi .... clearance
Junko Kusunoki .... clearance
Akira Matsueda .... production advisor
Kang Hong Mi .... translator and interpreter
Yume Murakami .... production accountant
Masaru Nakamura .... aquatic supervisor
Natsuko Nezu .... production accountant
Mariko Nishizawa .... assistant: Ms. Luguern
Mitsuru Obara .... billiards instructor
So Ohtsuka .... lab manager
Hana Okazaki .... assistant: Mr. Tran
Masatoshi Saito .... making of
Saori Sekiguchi .... title
Makoto Shibata .... lab coordinator
Hiroyuki Shimizu .... production legal
Kasumi Shimizu .... clearance
Kazuko Shingyoku .... script supervisor
Hiroshi Takahashi .... student riots supervisor
Shigeharu Tokunaga .... production assistant: bilingual
Teruo Tsuda .... title
Masahiko Yaginuma .... swimming instructor
Yoko Yamane .... swimming instructor
Ken Yasui .... production assistant: winter unit
Yuji Yokoyama .... lab coordinator
Kayo Yoshida .... international marketing
 

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Also Known As:
"Noruwei no mori" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
133 min
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Did You Know?

Movie Connections:
Referenced in 36 (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
String Quartet #62 in C major (The Emperor)See more »

FAQ

Is this film related to Beatles' song 'Norwegian Wood'?
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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
An indelible experience, 25 March 2012
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

The poet Rilke said, "There is only one journey. Going inside yourself. Here something blooms; from out of a silent crevice an unknowing weed emerges singing into existence." The unknowing weed takes its time to sing but sing it does in director Tran Anh Hung's film Norwegian Wood, his first since Vertical Ray of the Sun in 2000. Based on the best-selling 1987 novel of Haruki Murikami (which I haven't read), the film reflects the inner journey of 19-year-old Toru Watanabe (Ken'ichi Matsuyama), a journey that embodies the pain of love and loss, the tantalizing embrace of death, the end of dreams, and the beginning of adult responsibility.

Scored by Jonny Greenwood with some narration by Watanabe, the film takes place in Tokyo in 1967 in the midst of student protests against the War in Vietnam. Trying to ease the pain of the shattering loss of Kizuki (Kengo Kora), a close friend from high school, Watanabe immerses himself in his studies at school where he is majoring in drama and, with Nagasawa (Tetsuji Tamayama), an older and more experienced friend, is able to release his tension by going to bars and picking up girls for sex. Things change, however, when Kizuki's former girlfriend, the beautiful but emotionally fragile Naoko (Rinko Kikuchi), shows up in Tokyo and reaches out to Watanabe for consolation. Though their language is exceedingly frank and sexually explicit, it is vital to understanding the characters and never used to titillate.

Their deepening relationship, however, only brings the feelings of loss closer to the surface and Naoko's ensuing emotional breakdown causes her to leave Tokyo for psychological rehabilitation at a mountain retreat where she is only able to see Watanabe intermittently. Even on occasional meetings, however, they embrace a dark ecstasy that inures them, at least temporarily, from their mutual grief, but when Naoko's roommate, music teacher Reiko (Reika Kirishima), sings the Lennon and McCartney song "Norwegian Wood" at Naoko's 20th birthday party, the line "and when I awoke, I was alone, this bird had flown," evokes tears that flow naturally.

Paralyzed by her sadness and feelings of responsibility for Kizuki's death, Naoko sinks deeper into despair and Watanabe's vows of lifelong fidelity are compromised by his attraction to Midori (Kiko Mizuhara), a smart, outgoing student who also has had to overcome a troubled past. Norwegian Wood is not a film about "teenage angst," or any other of the favorite catch phrases that substitute for empathy, but about the essence of life itself and the anguish of having to let go of attachments. More of a tone poem than a free-flowing narrative, the film creates an indelible experience of both exquisite beauty and aching pain, perhaps two sides of the same coin. Like the under-appreciated Tony Takitani, another film based on a story by Murakami, Norwegian Wood unfolds like a dream, evoking a mood of serenity and contemplation.

Supported by the stunning cinematography of Ping Bin Lee, much of the film's power takes place in the silences that allow us to simply observe the sublime beauty of the countryside, its forests, waterfalls, and the purity of its winter landscapes. While some may try, the film's emotional roller coaster cannot be filtered out and, in the process of assimilating it, it builds a quiet power that ensnares us and leaves us to explore its meanings long after the final credits. In spite of those who want to attach the label of "boring" to every film that moves slowly and requires concentration, Norwegian Wood will be remembered as one of Hung's best films and a work that brought cinema to a new level of artistic achievement.

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