New York Giant Robot readers and friends, Tran Anh Hung’s adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood is set to be released, but there’s a special screening.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011. 7:00 pm Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York City
Followed by a Q&A with writer-Director Tran Anh Hung and Actress Rinko Kikuchi and a reception.
Japan Society, Soda Pictures + Red Flag Releasing, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, invite you and a guest to a screening of Norwegian Wood, the new film by Tran Anh Hung (Academy Award nominee for The Scent of Green Papaya and Golden Lion winner for CYCLO), based on the internationally acclaimed and bestselling novel by Haruki Murakami.
Written and directed by Tran Anh Hung. Based on the novel by Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood.
Starring Kenichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi, and Kiko Mizuhara. Cinematography by Mark Lee Ping Bin. Music score by Jonny Greenwood. Released by Soda Pictures + Red Flag Releasing
Norwegian Wood is a moving story of loss and sexuality set in Tokyo in the late 1960s against a time of global instability. Watanabe (Japanese star Kenichi Matsuyama, Death Note, Detroit Metal City) looks back on his days as a freshman university student living in Tokyo. Through his reminiscences, we see him develop relationships with two very different women, the beautiful yet emotionally troubled Naoko (Oscar nominee Rinko Kikuchi, Babel), and the outgoing, lively Midori (Japanese-Korean model-actress Kiko Mizuhara.) The film’s cinematography is by Mark Lee Ping Bin (In the Mood for Love, Devils on the Doorstep). Originally published in 1987, Murakami’s novel has since been translated into 33 languages and published in 36 countries.
Vietnam-born and Paris-based writer-director Tran Anh Hung was nominated for an Academy Award for The Scent of the Green Papaya and won the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion for Cyclo. Norwegian Wood is his fifth feature.
Norwegian Wood is scheduled to open in New York on Friday, January 6 followed by a national roll out.