Monday, July 19, 2010

First Images and Teaser of 'Norwegian Wood'

The teaser of the upcoming Japanese film Norwegian Wood has finally been released online. While the North American release date and distributor haven't been confirmed, this film helmed by Vietnamese director Anh Hung Tran will come out in Japan on December 11, 2010.

The film Norwegian Wood is an adaptation of a hit novel by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. The story takes place in the 1960s in Japan. Watanabe (Ken'ichi Matsuyama) is a literature student (with an interest in American literature) in an university of Tokyo. During a day, he randomly comes across Naoko, a childhood friend with whom Watanabe commonly shares a painful memory.

In fact, when they both were in high school, Kizuki (Kengo Kora), Naoko's boyfriend and Watanabe's friend, committed a suicide. Since then, Naoko has been psychologically fragile. Moreover, Watanabe is in love with her, but their relation can't be taken to the next level. At the same time, Watanabe gets in a relation with Midori (Kiko Mizuhara), a classmate of his and also an outgoing girl.

Now, while I'm not a fan of director Anh Hung Tran because of his abusive reliance on a slow pace, I'm looking forward for the release of this film in Canada. After all, I really loved the novel when I was in Grade 11.

Finally, here's the teaser.

Sources: Wildgrounds, The Playlist and the film's official web site.

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