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Noruwei no mori (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 11 December 2010 (Japan)
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Toru recalls his life in the 1960s, when his friend Kizuki killed himself and he grew close to Naoko, Kizuki's girlfriend, and another woman, the outgoing, lively Midori.

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Toru Watanabe
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Naoko
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Midori
Kengo Kôra ...
Kizuki
Reika Kirishima ...
Dr. Reiko Ishida
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Hatsumi
Tokio Emoto ...
Storm Trooper
Takao Handa ...
Midori's Father
Yusuke ...
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Yûki Itô ...
Student Activist
Kentarô Tamura ...
Student Activist
Makoto Sugisawa ...
Student Activist
Kohei Yoshino ...
Student Activist
Sawako Okuma ...
College Girl
Haruka Masuda ...
College Girl
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Upon hearing the song "Norwegian Wood," Toru (Matsuyama) remembers back to his life in the 1960s, when his friend Kizuki killed himself and he grew close to Naoko, Kizuki's girlfriend. As the two try, in very different ways, to contend with their grief, Toru forms a bond with another woman, Midori. Written by Anonymous

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$13,068 (USA) (8 January 2012)

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Lyrics and music by Holger Czukay and Irmin Schmidt
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Too short.
10 February 2011 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting too much, but the problem with this film is that it's basically just a heavily butchered-down version of the book. It's too short for its own good, and because of that you never begin to feel anything for what happens to the characters. Usually I'm not too interested in caring for the characters, but with a film like this it's all too important. It's like the director was trying to fit a 4-hour film into a 2-hour version. Now, it could have worked perfectly fine as a 2-hour version if the director had chosen to present the story in a different way. But as it is now, it's like watching the whole story from the book being fast-forwarded, while you get to see a few random scenes in it's entirety.

Readers of the book will be disappointed because the characters feels too shallow and underdeveloped, while general viewers will leave the cinemas with a big question mark. I won't begin to mention all those small bits of information in the film that are never explained unless you happened to have read the book. That's OK with me by all means, since I have read the book, but either way neither party should be pleased with the film.


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