Norwegian wood

Norwegian wood

DVD - 2010 | 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"--Container.

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Dinosin3D
Jan 27, 2019

Read the book instead! While it was visually beautiful, the script basically put in all the most controversial scenes, but cut out all the nuances and build up that led to them. It goes from one shocking scene to the next, without really getting into the characters, or helping you understand why they would do such things. So it just feels kinda empty.

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.

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StarGladiator
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.

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lmabadie
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.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 14, 2015

"And when I awoke, I was alone. This bird has flown."
Haruki Murakami may very well be the most popular Japanese writer of all time (sorry writer of "Tale of Genji"). Few of his books have been turned into movies, which is probably for the best. "Norwegian Wood" is a 2010 film adaption of his 1987 novel, which is set during the student unrest of the late 60s. It's disappointing to read comments like "sterile," "lacked depth," and especially "a terrible waste of time." Like you had something better to do? Are you a neurosurgeon? Admittedly, it's a film that will appeal to a small audience and it is deliberately paced and demands some patience and concentration. Those willing to put in the time will find it to be a beautifully shot, romantic, and achingly sad film about love, death, and growing older. The main character is a little passive, but that's true of many Murakami protagonists. Rinko Kikuchi stands out as the troubled woman he loves. Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead did the score. Directed by Tran Ahn Hung, who is Vietnamese and also did "The Scent of Green Papaya" and "Cyclo." Extras including a making of doc and a film festival featurette.

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midnight_fleur28
Jul 05, 2014

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

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cynthia94066
Oct 17, 2013

Quiet and romantic. A visual treat too.

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velowallah
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.

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empbee
Jul 02, 2013

Irritatingly good. Beautiful landscape.

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Ron@Ottawa
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.

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