Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood

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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."--Container.
ISBN: 9781422918739
1422918734
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Norwe 3564
Characteristics: 1 disc (133 mins),sd., col.,12 cm

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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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johnw_1
Sep 01, 2014

Based on Murakami's book, Norwegian Wood, the Japanese title indicating 'forest' and not 'wood' as in wooden boards, the movie is a cinematography treat filmed in beautiful natural daylight amid the forested hinterland of Japan (I know it is hard to believe in such a populous land). The book and movie have become something of a thematic pondering of suicide and has found a great following amongst people in places and times afflicted by high suicide rates -eg eastern Europe circa 1990 during the economic collapse and Scandinavia among others. The characters are interesting to watch but as others have said, not fully developed nor is the effect on the living very credible. Somewhat autobiographical as Toru seems like a young Haruki M., reserved and emotionally stunted. I found it worth watching but the story does require some processing afterwards.

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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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KennyBania
Jan 14, 2013

Sterile, empty movie. poorly acted but to be expected given the script.

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uncommonreader
Jan 14, 2013

Based on Haraki Murakami's novel, 1Q84, this film is as self-indulgent as the book.

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