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Norwegian Wood [Blu-ray]

Rinko Kikuchi , Kenichi Matsuyama , Anh Hung Tran    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rinko Kikuchi, Kenichi Matsuyama
  • Directors: Anh Hung Tran
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Soda Pictures Ltd.
  • DVD Release Date: 4 July 2011
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004TFCVUY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,561 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Published in 1987 and since translated into 33 languages, Norwegian Wood is a story of loss and heartbreak in a time of global instability.  Haruki Murakami’s bestselling novel is brought to the screen by Tran Anh Hung (Golden Lion winner for Cyclo and Academy Award nominee for The Scent of Green Papaya) and features Japanese rising star Kenichi Matsuyama (Death Note, Detroit Metal City) and Oscar nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel) alongside newcomer Kiko Mizuhara.

Tokyo, the late 1960s… Students around the world are uniting to overthrow the establishment and Toru Watanabe’s personal life is similarly in tumult.  At heart, he is deeply devoted to his first love, Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman.  But their complex bond has been forged by the tragic death of their best friend years before.  Watanabe lives with the influence of death everywhere.  That is, until Midori, a girl who is everything that Naoko is not – outgoing, vivacious, supremely self-confident – marches into his life and Watanabe must choose between his past and his future. 

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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: Japanese ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Japanese ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Published in 1987 and since translated into 33 languages, Norwegian Wood is a story of loss and heartbreak in a time of global instability. Haruki Murakami's bestselling novel is brought to the screen by Tran Anh Hung (Golden Lion winner for Cyclo and Academy Award nominee for The Scent Of Green Papaya) and features Japanese rising star Kenichi Matsuyama (Death Note, Detroit Metal City) and Oscar nominee Rinko Kikuchi (BABEL) alongside newcomer Kiko Mizuhara. Original soundtrack from Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood. Tokyo, the late 1960s... Students around the world are uniting to overthrow the establishment and Toru Watanabe's personal life is similarly in tumult. At heart, he is deeply devoted to his first love, Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman. But their complex bond has been forged by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Watanabe lives with the influence of death everywhere. That is, until Midori, a girl who is everything that Naoko is not - outgoing, vivacious, supremely self-confident - marches into his life and Watanabe must choose between his past and his future. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Venice Film Festival, ...Norwegian Wood (2010) ( Noruwei no mori ) (Blu-Ray)

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully made 10 July 2011
By J.E.T
Format:DVD
Norwegian Wood is a subtitled Japanese film, based on the book by Haruki Murakami. For those who don't know the plot, Wantabe is a teenage boy studying in Japan at a time of student protest. His own personal life reflects this turbulent backdrop, as he struggles to overcome the event that kickstarts this book, the suicide of his best friend. With 2 possible love interests, the beautiful and troubled Naoko, the ex of his best friend and an anchor to his past, and the vibrant and vivacious fellow student Midori, Wantabe has to choose between past and future, and life and death, which he seems to be caught in a world between. A notable line from The Beatle's song of the same name is "I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me" and this sums up the sense of the relationships in the film very accurately.

This film is fairly true to the book. All the key scenes are there and shot in the stunning and vivid way you see them in your mind, giving true justice to the scenes and emotions. There are some noticeable cuts, but overall enough was kept in to keep the plot true to itself and it is only what is to be expected anyway since not everything can be kept in and still make a good quality, none dragging, film. The only real criticism with the adaptation is that we don't get to know the background of the characters in any real way, which was a strong point of the book. It is definitely worth picking up a copy to read after if you see the film first, as so much more is gone into that feeds into the main plot and helps you understand influencing factors.

The actual shooting of this film is excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Norwegian Wood DVD 9 Feb 2012
By Gwen
Format:DVD
Norwegian Wood is a story of a boy living in Tokyo after his best friend kills himself. He meets his dead friend's girlfriend and they fall in love, but she is seriously depressed... A very complicated, intricate love story develops, with other characters interjecting. The atmosphere of the film has a quiet but not calm effect... Over all, a very stylistic film about a more modern period in Japanese history, but more importantly about a young man's life and sexual coming of age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Literacy and its absence 18 Dec 2011
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
A beautiully constructed piece of cinematography, it captures a suspension of a moment, the same feelings Mishima rendered within his prose. This has a similar feel to Takeshi Kitano's "Dolls."

Tran the director, who is Vietnamese, has captured a soul of Japan, wrapped in the Mishima tradition. This is akin to his books being brought to death. Murakami, the author of this film/book has followed him into the deep dark emotional abyss. He peers behind the curtains to find a meaning, that lights up the world instead of seeking the perfect anhilation. This film is about those currents of emotional connection; friendship and trauma the resonances and the breaks. Both linger as a ball and chain throughout the life phases, captured in memories. This makes a powerful substatement for those who can read and project into the characters.

Families are primarily absent within the dialogue, and this creates another layer of industral alienation, a father is briefly glimpsed semi comatose, a man who has meant to live his dream, lies dying. Meanwhile his daughter covers up for her emotional toil. Emotional lies layer throughout the characterisation, as the characters play roles that lie outside of the their emotional needs, all to their detriment.

The film shows the destruction of people who cannot live within themselves and the problems that are created through role playing. It also has huge gaps around the life histories that drive people to the edges of existence. This gap says much in itself about the will to destruct.

Emotional absence litters the film, as sex is seen as an ejection onto a tissue, that happens to have a body attached. It is also used as a form of soul communication, belying its usual cheapening effect of instant arousal and orgasmic release.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Norwegian Wood 7 April 2011
By Clive
Format:DVD
I am a real Murakami fan. I have read many of his novels over the past few years. Norwegian Wood really struck me and was a very beautiful novel to read. It was very different to most of his other work which is fantasy linked and mentions cats and jazz a lot :-).

Ok, so when I saw that Norwegian Wood was about to be released as a film I went to see it in a really cool art-house cinema in Brighton. The film is very watchable for a Murakami fan. The story has been dissected a little from the book and certain characters are not fully established in the film as they are in the book. That said, the story is great and magical at times. The plot line covers, love, loss and the onset of disabling mental illness. It ends in a typical Murakami way, the viewer, not knowing , but rather intuitively guessing a suitable outcome.

A must to watch, I took my girlfriend to see it. It is subtitled, but you can soon get past that. It is a splendid film and one that I will purchase as a DVD.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good film, but very depressing 23 Oct 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
If you have read the novel that this film is based on, I would say beware. Where the book retains an emotional distance from what the characters are going through and this is in many respects what makes it an enjoyable and healing read , the film does the opposite and intensifies every moment of emotional pain. Much of the "action" is shot in partial darkness and some very overwrought music heightens the mood. Saying this though the film is extemely well made and thought out cinematically. If you like a slow moving melo-drama this is for you, if you are depressed on the other hand it could make you want to jump in a river or from a tall building.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 12 days ago by Birgit
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Murakami
Another beautiful book made into a low budget movie that misses the point entirely by cutting out half the plot. Gutted!
Published 12 months ago by Ian Bowman
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire adaptation
Being a big fan of the book, it pains me to say that the movie was a complete disaster. It seemed that the screenwriter had removed anything which made the book rich, deep and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by The Grenouille
3.0 out of 5 stars won't satisfy if you love the novel
You just can't put Murakami on the screen and make it work. You don't get the inner voice 1st person delivery which makes his work so special. Read more
Published 15 months ago by J. Wilkie
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointed
Being a fan of Murakami's literary output (and The Beatles songs too) I confess to being somewhat disappointed when viewing the film of one of his best loved works. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Specialised
2.0 out of 5 stars A poor version of the book
the film had some beautiful scenes, and unusual ways but generally I found it a disappointing version of the book distant in content and in satisfaction
Published 18 months ago by Gry Kristiansen
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
I bought it as a gift, I was told that it was ok but not what was expected, a bit too arty
Published 19 months ago by Mr Neil Shoubridge
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure about the hype.
Film had been recommended. Beautiful but not so sure what all the hype was about. Will watch again in case it was my frame of mind.
Published 19 months ago by Rebecca Connolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality film
Picked up someones copy of the book that they'd left on the train i was on - read it and loved it, then watched the film and enjoyed that too. Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2012 by sticky-sweet
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel like reading Murakami
The film is great. Anyone who enjoys reading Murakami should see it. The atmosphere of the movie, the lightning, colors, dialogues - it is exactly what you visualize when you read... Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2012 by Zarko Modric
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