A popular Beatles song takes Toru (Matsuyama) back down memory lane to 1960s Japan – a time of radical student movements, lively friendships, intense love and the suicide of his best friend, Kizuki. Why his friend commits suicide is rather sudden and unclear – perhaps you have to read the book to find out. The film’s absorbing aesthetics are astounding but heavily penalized by a drawn-out story involving protagonist Toro, Kizuki’s mentally unstable girlfriend and her flamboyant female counterpart in an obscure love triangle that soon gets quite tiresome.
Norwegian Wood | Directed by Tran Anh Hung (Japan 2010) with Kenichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi. Opens June 30