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Norwegian Wood (2010)

Noruwei no mori (original title)
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 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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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

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This is only Jonny Greenwood's second film score, following his acclaimed work on There Will Be Blood (2007). Greenwood was keen to score the film as he was a big fan of the novel. His involvement was in some doubt, however, as Thom Yorke wanted to return to the studios to record a new Radiohead album. Greenwood found the time to balance both projects. See more »

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

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2010 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Turn the Light On, Leave Me Alone
Lyrics and music by Irmin Schmidt and Jaki Liebezeit
Performed by Can
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Movie Version of Norwegian Wood
19 December 2010 | by takanori_ishizuka_seaSee all my reviews

When I was a university student, one of my close friends told me that novels by Haruki Murakami were good, and recommended me to read them. I was 19 years old then, and it was the first time for me to read "Norwegian Wood." The novel captured my interest, and I have read it again and again since then, and I still read it even now. "Norwegian Wood" is one of my favorite books.

The novel "Norwegian Wood" depicts the university days of the main character, Watanabe Tohru. In the novel, he lives in Tokyo, and goes to university. He likes reading American modern literature. He did not have any friends except for one best friend during his high school days, but the friend killed himself at the age of seventeen. Watanabe has several relationships with women between the age of 18 and 21. Some characters in the novel, other than Watanabe's best friend, have also killed themselves. The novel consists of sex, death, literature, and intelligence.

I went to university, and had some close female friends. In addition, I liked reading classic literature. Furthermore, I did not belong to a sport clubs at university, so the scope of my friendship was limited. In essence, I felt a sense of intimacy with Watanabe while reading the novel. (In fact, I learnt "The Catcher in the Rye" by J. D. Salinger and "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald from Norwegian Wood, and both books were the first English novels which I completed reading in their original language.) Norwegian Wood is an important book for me, so I was glad to hear, 2 to 3 years ago, that the movie version of this novel would be screened. The movie was released about one week ago, and I went to see it today.

Locations shot in the movie were beautiful, and the music sounds good. In particular, I was moved by one scene in which Reiko sang "Norwegian Wood" by the Beatles with a guitar, and Naoko lost her mental stability during Reiko's performance. In addition, the cast members in the movie were also good, especially Mizuhara Kiko, who played Midori, was very cute and vivid.

Since I have read the novel over and over, and remember the whole story in detail, I can go so far as to say that I do not need any explanation for the story in the movie. Because I know the story, I was purely interested in how the film director, Tran Anh Hung, had expressed the novel through the media of a movie.

The movie version of "Norwegian Wood" was not solely a converted version of the novel, but represented its originality and creativity with the help of movie techniques, such as music, voice (cry, laugh, or angry), facial expression, and scenery.

However, it is certain that those who have never read the novel will not enjoy the movie.

(The above comment is forwarded from my blog at http://metropolitantokyo.blogspot.com/)


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11 December 2010 (Japan) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$13,000, 8 January 2012

Gross USA:

$13,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,144,719
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