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Norwegian Wood Ost

  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Celebrated Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung (THE SCENT OF GREEN PAPAYA) mounted and helms this ambitious adaptation of Haruki Murakami's nostalgic 1987 novel. The story unfolds in 1967 Tokyo and concerns Watanabe, a devoted college student with a marked degree of uncertainty about how he should approach relationships. He falls into reciprocal love with Naoko, a stunning and intelligent young woman from his high-school years, but their relationship is perpetually haunted by a tragic event from the past -- the death of best friend Kizuki years prior. Watanabe cannot shake the influence of death, while Naoko senses that some vital part of her is now permanently lost and irretrievable. On the night that Naoko turns 20, she and Watanabe make love, but she soon drops out of college and inexplicably disappears from the young man's life. At about the same time, he meets Midori, an incredible young woman who seems to possess everything that Naoko lacked.
  • Credits
    Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi, Kiko Mizuhara, Kengo Kora, Reika Kirishima
  • Critic Reviews
    3 stars out of 5 -- "Jonny Greenwood's excellent score adds dark angles to the emotional tumescence."

    "As an adaptation, the film is exceptionally faithful....The film seduces the eye."
    Sight and Sound

    3 stars out of 4 -- "The movies cinematography, by Mark Lee Ping Bin, paints each frame in rapture."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "Director Tran Anh Hung adds the music of Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood to pump up the tonal cues."
    Entertainment Weekly

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