A lovely adaptation of Murakami's astonishing novel. Norwegian Wood is the Murakami book that I think shouldn't be used as an introduction to his worlk. So seeing it as a film I can perfectly understand the film's mixed reviews. This isn't the most approachable film in the world....
Tokyo, the late 1960s...Students around the world are uniting to overthrow the establishment and Toru Watanabe's personal life is similarly in tumult. At heart, he is deeply devoted to his first love,... read more
DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012
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December 29, 2012
I can't believe the ratings for this movie are so low! I found it quite lovely and very sad. I was in tears by the end of it.
Filmed beautifully with effective soundtrack. I really liked both of the damaged females here, particularly Midori. Hard to explain the story, it's not h...
August 8, 2011
"The grief over a death of someone you loved can never be healed. We can only live with the sorrow and learn something out of it."
Upon hearing the song "Norwegian Wood," Toru (Matsuyama) remembers back to his life in the 1960s, when his friend Kizuki killed himself and h...
May 1, 2011
I┤ve never seen such a terrible and painful adaptation like this Norwegian Wood. Haruki Murakami┤s novel, even if full of literary references, is still an easy or accessible book what, I knew, could be used for the best or for the worst. The thing is that what I expe...
January 27, 2011
For those who don't know, this movie is an adaptation of the book by Haruki Murakami. Since I'm a big fan of his work, I had to see this of course.
The atmosphere and the dialogues were very Murakamiesque :p The start of the movie was a little artificial (for lack of a better wo...
May 6, 2013
In "Norwegian Wood," Toru(Ken'ichi Matsuyama) is best friends with Kizuki(Kengo Kora). With Kizuki and Naoko(Rinko Kikuchi) being well-nigh inseparable, Toru does not mind playing third wheel to them. After Kikuchi's suicide, Toru migrates to the side of Nagasawa(Tetsuji Tamaya...
November 9, 2012fb721890245
Lots of haters for this film out there but I thorough enjoyed it. The theme unfortunately is death, death, death and our human responses to it made all the more poignant with the fact that those impacted are so early in their own lives. Genuinely touching.
February 18, 2012
This movie will divide the audience with its slow pace and dreamy, protracted love scenes and especially purposely created imbalance between the main characters. But, I'll suggest to be patient, and that patience will be rewarded with almost forgotten doomy romanticism which is ...
July 14, 2011
To catch only occasional brilliance in this film adaptation of one of my favourite Haruki Murakami novels is undoubtedly disappointing. It is by no means the fault of the cast, who adeptly impersonates their characters and displays the heavy-hearted emotions; rather, the film's e...
November 12, 2011fb1245361650
A harrowing loss begins this epic tale of harrowing redemption. Toru's (Ken'ichi Matsuyama's) friend Naoko (played pitch-perfectly by Rinko Kikuchi) seems lost after her best friend's suicide, and it forces Toru (called by his last name throughout the film) to become a young adul...
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