Norwegian wood

Norwegian wood

DVD - 2012 | Japanese
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Tokyo, the late 1960s. Students around the world are uniting to overthrow the establishment and Toru Watanabe's personal life is similarly in turmoil. At heart, he is deeply devoted to his first love, Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman. But their complex bond has been forged by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Watanabe lives with the influence of death everywhere. That is, until Midori, a girl who is everything that Naoko is not, outgoing, vivacious, and supremely self-confident, marches into his life and Watanabe must choose between his past and his future.
Publisher: [United States] : Flatiron Film Company, 2012
ISBN: 9781422918739
Branch Call Number: NOR
Characteristics: 1 dvd (133 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm


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SCL_Justin Aug 07, 2018

If you like the Murakami novel this is based on, you should not watch this movie. While everything that's wonderful about Norwegian Wood the book happens internally to the narrator, in film that must be turned into action that the audience can see. Seeing the characters without being inside their heads misses everything that makes Norwegian Wood the book great and leaves you watching a soulless husk that is terrible. If you don't know the book it might be fine, but I don't know. I love the book and hate this movie. Thankfully, the book still exists.

Jan 24, 2018

I admit that I'm not a big Murakami fan, but the actress, Rinko Kikuchi, gives her usual sterling and superlative performance, which makes this movie.
Otherwise, didn't agree with the main male character taking up again with Midori after her outright rejection of him; displayed far too much passivity, standard with a Murakami character.
The main reason to watch this film is to see Rinko's acting in action. [Should have been cast in the Ghost in the Machine, American version.]
Yen Khe did a great job on the set design and choices.

Apr 17, 2017

I enjoyed the movie, to the point that I am now reading the book and I will probably watch the movie again afterwards. Some scenes in very scenic locations are great. But this movie is not for everybody and some people will think it is slow or boring.

Sep 01, 2014

Based on Murakami's book, Norwegian Wood, the Japanese title indicating 'forest' and not 'wood' as in wooden boards, the movie is a cinematography treat filmed in beautiful natural daylight amid the forested hinterland of Japan (I know it is hard to believe in such a populous land). The book and movie have become something of a thematic pondering of suicide and has found a great following amongst people in places and times afflicted by high suicide rates -eg eastern Europe circa 1990 during the economic collapse and Scandinavia among others. The characters are interesting to watch but as others have said, not fully developed nor is the effect on the living very credible. Somewhat autobiographical as Toru seems like a young Haruki M., reserved and emotionally stunted. I found it worth watching but the story does require some processing afterwards.

Jul 05, 2014

It lacked depth, and the characters/ plot development were not interesting...

Oct 17, 2013

Quiet and romantic. A visual treat too.

Oct 08, 2013

Some of the characters would have been more meaningful if a little more developed, but overall this love and mental illness story is a beautiful adaptation of Murakami's book of the same title (not 1Q84). Tran's sensual cinematography works as well with Japan's elegant esthetics as I did with his Vietnamese movies. Nice soundtrack by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood.

Jul 02, 2013

Irritatingly good. Beautiful landscape.

Feb 19, 2013

I have not read the book but find this film, stand-alone, very engaging. It was Japan in the 60's and young people enjoyed total sexual freedom, and yet some failed to find meaning in life. The suicide of one young man triggered the psychological trauma of his best friends. A moving story, well told by French/Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung. Highly recommended for one quiet evening.

Jan 14, 2013

Sterile, empty movie. poorly acted but to be expected given the script.

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