Norwegian Wood-ReviewPosted: 17.03.2011
Murkami is a wondrous storyteller and his books are a firm favourite with us. When we heard that Norwegian Wood was being released as a film we were both excited and apprehensive to see how such a delicate and complicated story could be translated into a movie format. Starring a brilliant Kenichi Matasuyama as Toru and Rinko Kikuchi as the disturbed and lonely Naoko, the film takes a surprisingly un-exhausting two hours to deal with Murakami’s tortured love story. The Tokyo setting is visually stunning and each minute of Norwegian Wood is a feast for the eyes, however,the script felt a little thin and at times unsubstantial but perhaps this is a case of being lost in translation slightly (the film is in Japanese). Overall, Norwegian Wood does the book proud and manages to create a tangible and equally sweet and chilling mood that will stay with you long after the film finishes.