Chinese mainland moviegoers
will be lucky to be able to watch "Norwegian Wood", the award-winning
film adaptation of Haruki Murakami's novel of the same name, in the near future. The Japanese film is the creation of Vietnam-born French director Tran Anh Hung. It is ready for release at national cinemas.
The 1960s-era drama about love and life was nominated
for the Golden Lion at last year's Venice Film Festival, and won the Best Cinematography
at this year's Asian Film Awards.
Haruki Murakami is quite possibly the most successful and influential cult
author in the world today. The 62-year-old has sold millions of books in Japan. His fifth novel, "Norwegian Wood", sold more than 3.5 million copies in its first year in 1987 and has been translated into 40 languages, in which it sells almost as well.
"Norwegian Wood" is the Japanese equivalent of "The Catcher in the Rye". This book should be required reading for every troubled adolescent
. "Norwegian Wood" is a coming-of-age tale of young man Toru Watanabe's love involvement with a schizophrenic girl, Naoko. Naoko eventually enters a convalescent home for disturbed people.
Later Toru encounters Midori, a vibrant
and outgoing young girl. He realizes he cannot continue his relationship with Naoko. He doesn't want to hurt Naoko, but doesn't want to lose Midori either. Later Toru is informed that Naoko has killed herself and he wanders
sadly and aimlessly
It's no doubt that watching this screen adaptation
of "Norwegian Wood" will certainly be a heart-breaking experience.