Norwegian Wood (film)
|Directed by||Tran Anh Hung|
|Produced by||Chihiro Kameyama
|Screenplay by||Tran Anh Hung|
|Based on||Norwegian Wood
by Haruki Murakami
|Music by||Jonny Greenwood|
|Cinematography||Mark Lee Ping Bin|
|Edited by||Mario Battistel|
|Box office||USD$17.6 million|
Norwegian Wood (ノルウェイの森 Noruwei no mori?) is a 2010 Japanese drama film directed by Tran Anh Hung, based on Haruki Murakami's novel of the same name. The film was released in Japan on 11 December 2010.
Toru Watanabe is a quiet and serious young man in 1960s Tokyo whose personal life is in tumult, having lost his best friend Kizuki after he inexplicably commits suicide. Seeking an escape, Toru enters a university in Tokyo. By chance, during a walk in a park, Toru meets Kizuki's ex-girlfriend Naoko, and they grow close. Naoko continues to be devastated by the loss of Kizuki and spirals into a deep depression.
Toru sleeps with Naoko on her 20th birthday. Shortly afterwards, Naoko withdraws from the world and leaves for a sanitarium in a remote forest setting near Kyoto. Toru is anguished by the situation, as he still has deep feelings for Naoko, but she is unable to reciprocate. He also lives with the influence of death everywhere, while Naoko feels as if some integral part of her has been permanently lost. He continues with his studies, and during the spring semester meets an attractive girl and fellow student Midori, who is everything that Naoko isn't — outgoing, vivacious, and supremely self-confident. The story then follows Toru as he is torn between the two women in his life, and choosing between his past and his future.
- Ken'ichi Matsuyama as Watanabe
- Rinko Kikuchi as Naoko
- Kiko Mizuhara as Midori
- Tetsuji Tamayama as Nagasawa
- Kengo Kora as Kizuki
- Reika Kirishima as Reiko Ishida
- Eriko Hatsune as Hatsumi
- Shigesato Itoi as the Professor
- Haruomi Hosono as the Record Shop Manager
- Yukihiro Takahashi as the Gatekeeper
The Daily Telegraph said that director Tran Anh Hung was "brave" to attempt to bring Haruki Murakami's 1987 novel to the big screen but mentioned that "the film comes across as a mere summary of Murakami’s book". Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote that the film "registers less as a coherent narrative than as a tortuous reverie steeped in mournful yearning".
|Film Festival||Date of ceremony||Category||Participants/Recipients||Result|
|67th Venice International Film Festival||2 September 2010||Golden Lion||Norwegian Wood||Nominated|
|35th Toronto International Film Festival||9 September 2010||Special Presentations||Norwegian Wood||Participant|
|7th Dubai International Film Festival||12 December 2010||Muhr Asia Africa||Norwegian Wood||Nominated|
|Muhr Asia Africa Best Composer||Jonny Greenwood||Won|
|5th Asian Film Awards||21 March 2011||Best Actress||Rinko Kikuchi||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography||Mark Lee Ping-bin||Won|
|Best Costume Design||Yen-khe Luguern||Nominated|
|30th Istanbul International Film Festival||April 2011||FIPRESCI||Tran Anh Hung||Won|
The score for the film's soundtracks was composed by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood. An original soundtrack album for the film was released on 10 November 2010, containing pieces from Greenwood's score, along with three songs used in the film by German Krautrock band Can, all originally released between 1969 and 1971.
|1.||"Bit About Yourself, You Want to Properly"||もう少し自分のこと、きちんとしたいの||Mō sukoshi jibun no koto, kichinto shitai no|
|2.||"Meadows, Wind, Groves"||草原、風、雑木林||Sōgen, Kaze, Zōkibayashi|
|3.||"Mary, Mary, So Contrary"
(from the album Monster Movie by Can)
|"Mary, Mary, So Contrary"|
|4.||"Since I'll Come to See You Again"||また会いに来るからね||Mata ai ni kurukara ne|
|5.||"Don't Read Things That Have Not Had the Baptism of Time"||時の洗礼を受けていないものを読むな||Toki no senrei o ukete inai mono o yomu na|
|7.||"Bring Me Coffee or Tea"
(from the album Tago Mago by Can)
|"Bring Me Coffee or Tea"|
|8.||"Naoko Has Died"||直子が死んだ||Naoko ga shinda|
|9.||"Shut Up Like a Good Boy"||いい子だから黙ってて||Ii ko dakara damattete|
|10.||"I Walked About Aimlessly"||あてもなく歩き回った||Atemonaku arukimawatta|
|11.||"Quarter Tone Bloom"||クォーター・トーン・ブルーム||Kwōtā tōn burūmu|
|12.||"Don't Turn the Light On, Leave Me Alone"
(from the album Soundtracks by Can)
|"Don't Turn the Light On, Leave Me Alone"|
|13.||"When You Take Me, Take Only Me"||私をとるときは私だけをとってね||Watashi o toru toki wa watashi dake o totte ne|
|14.||"Severe Auditory Hallucinations"||激しい幻聴||Hageshii genchō|
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