Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Norwegian Wood film, December 2010

The film adaptation of Murakami Haruki's 1987 novel, Norwegian Wood is slated for released in Japan in December 2010. It will star Matsuyama Ken'ichi (Death Note) and Kikuchi Rinko (Babel) as Toru and Naoko.

Norwegian Wood is the novel that catapulted Murakami from a writer into a superstar, both in Japan and the rest of the world. His main themes are loss and loneliness. Even though he's not my favorite Japanese author (I don't love the way he portrays his female characters, who more or less function as plot devices), I find his stories beautiful and tragic.

Other works by Murakami that I recommend:
A Wild Sheep Chase
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

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