Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Norwegian Wood

Director: Tran Anh Hung

Starring: Rinko Kikuchi, Kenichi Matsuyama, Kengo Kora

Based on Haruki Murakami's acclaimed novel Norwegian Wood the movie deals with extreme teen angst and erotic tragedy. After hearing the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood" Watanabe (Kenichi Matsuyama) reflects back to his student days in late 1960s in Tokyo. A sad time for him as he was dealing with bereavement after his best friend Kiziku committed suicide. Watanabe, is girl shy but through their shared grief forges a strong emotional bond with Kizuku's girlfriend, the delicate, Naoko (Rinko Kikuchi). What might have been never quite comes to pass as their lives move on and Watanabe meets Midori (Kiko Mizuhara). A beautifully shot movie which sadly lacks engagement. Suit the romantics and has an enjoyable musical score by Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead).

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