Norwegian wood

Norwegian wood

[Noruwei no mori]

DVD - 2012 | Japanese
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Tokyo, 1968. Students around the world are uniting to overthrow the establishment and Watanabe's personal life is similary in tumult. Deeply devoted to his first love, Naoko, their complex bond is threatened when the outgoing, vivacious Midori marches into his life, forcing Watanabe to choose between his past and his future.


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Mar 16, 2020

A complete waste of time. I do not recommend this movie to anyone.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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