Norwegian Wood
Norwegian Wood (2012)

Tokyo, the late 1960s...Students around the world are uniting to overthrow the establishment and Toru Watanabe's personal life is similarly in tumult. At heart, he is deeply devoted to his first love, Naoko, a beautiful and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 6, 2012
DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Norwegian Wood is a poetic adaptation of the Haruki Murakami novel that uses rapturous visuals to draw viewers in its exploration of young love and lasting death.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The acting in the film is key. Every moment by Ken'ichi Matsuyama as Watanabe and Rinko Kikuchi as Naoko is valid yet seems distilled by memory rather than presented raw.

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

It becomes a film that, like its characters, remains elusive in its motivations and therefore detached from its audience.

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Kimber Myers
The Playlist

Like its source material from Haruki Murakami, this is a beautiful film that exquisitely captures grief and sadness, and unsurprisingly, it probably won't help you if you're suffering from seasonal affective disorder.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

We cover years at a bound, but when we light, we tend to spend long, lingering moments through the camera's loving eye. This is a beautiful film to see.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

A master of mood and visuals, Tran proves an inspired choice.

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Dave White

Director Tran Anh Hung would much rather show than tell but he never wants to brag about what he's showing.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Tran has drained the life right out of the novel.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's sweet all the way up, wavers in dread and slides down to doom.

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Sean Axmaker

... suffused in melancholia, with imagery as delicate as the lives it presents and atmospheres so fragile they look like they'd shatter under too much emotional pressure.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
A lovely adaptation of Murakami's astonishing novel. Norwegian Wood is the Murakami book that I think shouldn't be used as an introduction to his… More
Rubia Carolina
<br/> I┤ve never seen such a terrible and painful adaptation like this <i>Norwegian Wood</i>. Haruki Murakami┤s novel, even if full of… More
Nicki Marie
I can't believe the ratings for this movie are so low! I found it quite lovely and very sad. I was in tears by the end of it. Filmed beautifully with… More
Saskia D.
For those who don't know, this movie is an adaptation of the book by Haruki Murakami. Since I'm a big fan of his work, I had to see this of course.… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"The grief over a death of someone you loved can never be healed. We can only live with the sorrow and learn something out of it."</i>… More
Walter M.
In "Norwegian Wood," Toru(Ken'ichi Matsuyama) is best friends with Kizuki(Kengo Kora). With Kizuki and Naoko(Rinko Kikuchi) being well-nigh… More