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«Norwegian Wood»: A Classic Book Becomes a Movie / Cinema
Great novels seldom make great films, so it is a tall order for Vietnamese writer and director, Ahn Hung Tran, to adapt a modern literary classic, Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood, into a major Japanese movie. The result is something very beautiful, if ultimately unfulfilling.
With his striking visual sense and gift for conjuring a mood of languid2 sensuality, Tran Anh Hung would seem the ideal filmmaker to tackle “Norwegian Wood,” Haruki Murakami’s beguiling3 novel of longing, loss and sexual curiosity in 1960s Japan. But while this beautiful-looking film at times succeeds in capturing its source material’s delicate emo spirit, it’s far less attentive to the richness of Murakami’s characters – namely, a college student haunted by one woman and ardently4 pursued by another. Lovely but listless picture is likely to test audience patience beyond Tran’s arthouse admirers and the author’s fans.
Published in 1987, “Norwegian Wood” has become Murakami’s most widely read novel and is generally regarded as his most autobiographical work, despite the author’s protests to the contrary. Though it unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of the student protests in Japan and elsewhere during the late ‘60s, the story sidelines these events to focus on a young man drifting along on a tide of emotional and erotic confusion; the character’s general passivity and alienation effectively serve to critique what Murakami views as a hypocritical and jejune form of political rebellion.
Only the second feature based on Murakami’s work (after 2004’s pitch-perfect “Tony Takitani”), “Norwegian Wood” also happens to be Tran’s first...
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