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Watch: International Trailer For Anh Hung Tran's 'Norwegian Wood'

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 22, 2011 6:01 AM
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A fresh, English subtitled trailer for the "Norwegian Wood" or as Radiohead fans know it as: "that-movie-Jonny-Greenwood-is-scoring."

Starring Rinko Kikuchi and Kenichi Matsuyama, and based on the book by Haruki Murakami, the film is a coming-of-age story told in flashback, spurred by the sitar strings of The Beatles’ title song. It played at Venice and TIFF to lukewarm reviews, and has already hit theaters in Japan. If anything, the film looks gorgeously shot and we have to admit, for a film that has been flying well under our radar, we're intrigued. However, for most, it will be the score that keeps people curious. Like Greenwood’s compositions for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “There Will Be Blood,” this piece was also based on a previously existing work, a composition called “Doghouse” which the musician wrote for the BBC Concert Orchestra and debuted last year at Maida Vale Studios. The soundtrack is rounded out by three songs by the excellent krautrockers Can.

The soundtrack will hit stores on March 7th, with the film landing in U.K. cinemas on March 11th. No word yet on a U.S. theatrical release date. [Nonesuch]

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  • paul devine | February 22, 2011 10:03 AMReply

    i watched the movie on saturday 19th feb at glasgowfilm festival as part of a 3 japanese movie day (confessions,confessions of a dog the other movies) Never read the book only read hard boiled wonderland & end of the world. I was impressed, sensual, funny, dramatic, emotive, sexually tense with much dark undertone typical Murakami. it wasnt the best film in the world but captured the essence of the authors work

  • Gatsby | February 22, 2011 8:13 AMReply

    The book was outstanding!
    Trailer looks interesting...but I'm usually disappointed with adaptations or avoid seeing them alltogether such as with 'Time Traveller's wife' while not heavyweight literature, I really enjoyed, had a wonderful 'cinematic' feel which seemed impossible to get wrong on screen.
    I'll wait for the reviews, anyone seen anything by Anh Hung Tran?

  • rotch | February 22, 2011 6:44 AMReply

    Your excitement over the soundtrack tells me you're not much of a Murakami fan.

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