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 around Japan…

It's no doubt that watching this screen adaptation of "Norwegian Wood" will certainly be a heart-breaking experience.

cinematography [n.电影摄影术]
cult [n.偶像]
equivalent [n.等价物]
schizophrenic [adj.精神分裂症的]
convalescent [adj.供调养的]