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Noruwei no mori (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 11 December 2010 (Japan)
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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.

Director:

Anh Hung Tran (as Tran Anh Hung)

Writers:

Haruki Murakami (novel), Anh Hung Tran (as Tran Anh Hung)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken'ichi Matsuyama ... Toru Watanabe
Rinko Kikuchi ... Naoko
Kiko Mizuhara ... Midori
Kengo Kôra Kengo Kôra ... Kizuki
Reika Kirishima Reika Kirishima ... Dr. Reiko Ishida
Eriko Hatsune ... Hatsumi
Tokio Emoto Tokio Emoto ... Storm Trooper
Takao Handa Takao Handa ... Midori's Father
Yusuke Yusuke ... High School Classmate
Yûki Itô Yûki Itô ... Student Activist
Kentarô Tamura Kentarô Tamura ... Student Activist
Makoto Sugisawa Makoto Sugisawa ... Student Activist
Kohei Yoshino Kohei Yoshino ... Student Activist
Sawako Okuma Sawako Okuma ... College Girl
Haruka Masuda Haruka Masuda ... College Girl
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Storyline

Upon hearing the song "Norwegian Wood," Toru (Matsuyama) remembers back to his life in the 1960s, when his friend Kizuki killed himself and he grew close to Naoko, Kizuki's girlfriend. As the two try, in very different ways, to contend with their grief, Toru forms a bond with another woman, Midori. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 December 2010 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Norwegian Wood See more »

Filming Locations:

Kamikawa, Hyogo, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,068, 8 January 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,068, 8 January 2012
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Rinko Kikuchi actively pursued a role in the film. Initially director Anh Hung Tran wasn't keen on casting her because of her raised profile following Babel (2006) but her audition tape convinced him otherwise. See more »

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The German TV version is 10 min shorter. See more »

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Referenced in 36 (2012) See more »

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L'Heure Exquise
Lyrics by Paul Verlaine
Music by Reynaldo Hahn
Performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra
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Too short.
10 February 2011 | by sothosSee all my reviews

I wasn't expecting too much, but the problem with this film is that it's basically just a heavily butchered-down version of the book. It's too short for its own good, and because of that you never begin to feel anything for what happens to the characters. Usually I'm not too interested in caring for the characters, but with a film like this it's all too important. It's like the director was trying to fit a 4-hour film into a 2-hour version. Now, it could have worked perfectly fine as a 2-hour version if the director had chosen to present the story in a different way. But as it is now, it's like watching the whole story from the book being fast-forwarded, while you get to see a few random scenes in it's entirety.

Readers of the book will be disappointed because the characters feels too shallow and underdeveloped, while general viewers will leave the cinemas with a big question mark. I won't begin to mention all those small bits of information in the film that are never explained unless you happened to have read the book. That's OK with me by all means, since I have read the book, but either way neither party should be pleased with the film.


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