So alot of you who know me (D) are probably aware that Haruki Murakami is one of my favorite novelists. A couple of his short stories have been adapted to film, and they may leave you thinking WTF? The Norweigan Wood is a beautiful and extremely derpessing novel that is being turned into a film. According to my girlfriend “its going to be the most emo thing on the planet”. She is probably correct but that still doesnt take away from my excitement. While Norweigan Wood is not my favorite Murakami book it is probably his most famous, definitely in Japan. I must mention that the lead charaters in the novel are being played by two of Japans best actors Ken’ichi Matsuyama and Rinko Kikuchi. Anyways, I lifted some info from the Toronto Japanese Film Pow-Wow blog (which is a great blog for Japanese film by the way check it out http://www.jfilmpowwow.blogspot.com/).
Just over a year ago the internet was buzzing about the news that French-Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung would be adapting Haruki Murakami’s 1987 novel “Norwegian Wood” into a feature film (read our full coverage here. While Murakami’s dense, often surreal work seemed tailor-made for the big screen no one, save maybe Jun Ichikawa and his film “Tony Takitani”, had ever lived up to the author’s singular vision, so the fact that the man who brought us such transcendently beautiful films as “The Scent of Green Papaya” and “Cyclo” was going to to be tackling a Murakami novel got a lot of people excited. So did the news that two of Japan’s biggest young actors would be starring in the film, namely Ken’ichi Matsuyama and Rinko Kikuchi. Sadly once the initial fervor wore off the “Norwegian Wood” buzz died down to nothing; but during a wander through YouTube recently I came across this item broadcast on Japanese television on June 17th: an interview with Tran Anh Hung discussing the film which includes behind the scenes footage of Matsuyama as the novel protagonist Toru Watanabe and Kikuchi as one of his love interests Naoko. Be patient though. You have to get past the 2-minute 30-second mark before you get to the behind the scenes shots.
“Norwegian Wood” is set for a 2010 release.