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Norwegian Wood

19 Jan

Movie Release Date: 2010 (Japan) / July 15, 2011 (Canada)
Directed By: Tran Anh Hung
Starring: Rinko Kikuchi, Kenichi Matsuyama
Movie plot:

Toru recalls his life in the 1960s, when his friend Kizuki killed himself and he grew close to Naoko, Kizuki’s girlfriend, and another woman, the outgoing, lively Midori. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: 1987 (Japanese) /  2000 (English)
Originally Published as: ノルウェイの森 / Noruwei no mori / Norwegian Wood
Written By: Haruki Murakami
Book Description:

Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.

A poignant story of one college student”s romantic coming-of-age, Norwegian Wood takes us to that distant place of a young man”s first, hopeless, and heroic love. – From ‘Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group’ book jacket

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