Release date:January 6, 2012
Studio:Soda Pictures, Red Flag Releasing
Director:Tran Anh Hung
Screenwriter:Tran Anh Hung
Starring:Kenichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi, Kiko Mizuhara
"Norwegian Wood" is a moving story of loss and sexuality set in Tokyo in the late 1960s against a time of global instability. Watanabe (Japanese rising star Kenichi Matsuyama, "Death Note," "Detroit Metal City") looks back on his days as a freshman university student living in Tokyo. Through his reminiscences, we see him develop relationships with two very different women, the beautiful yet emotionally troubled Naoko (Oscar nominee Rinko Kikuchi, "Babel"), and the outgoing, lively Midori (Japanese-Korean model-actress Kiko Mizuhara.) The film's gorgeous cinematography is by Mark Lee Ping Bin ("In the Mood for Love," "Devils on the Doorstep"). Originally published in 1987, Murakami's novel has since been translated into 33 languages and published in 36 countries. Vietnam-born and Paris-based writer-director Tran Anh Hung was nominated for an Academy Award for "The Scent of the Green Papaya" and won a Golden Lion in the Venice Film Festival for "Cyclo." "Norwegian Wood" is his fifth feature.