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    Essential Cinema: NORWEGIAN WOOD

    Presented by at Alamo Drafthouse Village

    January 29, 2013


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    Essential Cinema: NORWEGIAN WOOD

    Directed by Tran Anh Hung
    Written by Tran Anh Hung from the novel by Haruki Murakami
    Cinematography by Mark Lee Ping Bin
    Editing by Mario Battistel
    Original Music by Jonny Greenwood
    Cast: Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi, Kiko Mizuhara, Kengo Kora

    Japan, 2010, New Yorker Films, 35mm, color, 133 min.
    Japanese with English subtitles

    During the late 1960s student rebellions in...

    Directed by Tran Anh Hung
    Written by Tran Anh Hung from the novel by Haruki Murakami
    Cinematography by Mark Lee Ping Bin
    Editing by Mario Battistel
    Original Music by Jonny Greenwood
    Cast: Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi, Kiko Mizuhara, Kengo Kora

    Japan, 2010, New Yorker Films, 35mm, color, 133 min.
    Japanese with English subtitles

    During the late 1960s student rebellions in Japan, 19-year-old Watanabe discovers an unexpected love for Naoko, the girlfriend of his best friend, Kizuki, who had left the young man and woman full of questions and pain through his suicide. While Watanabe pursues his studies at a university in Tokyo, Naoko eventually shows up. A romance seems to be blossoming, but the next Watanabe hears from Naoko is a letter from a restful sanitarium in a pastoral area of the country. Watanabe finds himself truly in love with her, but she is torn between an irrational, unending love of Kizuki and a desire to find happiness with Watanabe, who successfully introduced her to physical love. The young man is so focused on Naoko that he can’t really give himself entirely to another young student, Midori, who flirts most of the time but seems seriously in love at other times.


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