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La Ballade de l'impossible

Norwegian Wood

(Noruwei no mori)

by Tran Anh Hung



La Ballade de l'impossible

Director: Tran Anh Hung

Script: Tran Anh Hung adapted from Murakami Haruki's Norwegian Wood

Cinematographer: Mark Lee Ping-bin

Editing: Mario Battistel

Art Director: Luguern Yen-khe, Ataka Norifumi

Sound : Urata Tomoharu

Music: Jonny Greenwood

Cast: Matsuyama Kenichi, Kikuchi Rinko, Mizuhara Kiko, Kirishima Reika, Kora Kengo, Hatsune Eriko, T. Tetsuji

Production: Asmik Ace Entertainment, Fuji Television Network

Pretty Pictures
100 rue de la Folie Méricourt
75011 Paris
Tel: 0033
Fax: 0033

Year: 2010

DCP, Colour, 133 min, 
OV Japanese with Fench Subtitles

Venise Film Festival 2010
FIPRESCI Award - Istanbul 2011

After his best friend Kizuki committed suicide, Watanabe leaves Kobe for Tokyo where he starts studying at university. With students’ riots in the background, his life is utterly changed when he meets Kizuki’s girl friend Naoko. She could not overcome her boy friend’s death and has become totally withdrawn. Watanabe and Naoko spend their Sundays together and become even closer on the night Naoko celebrates her twentieth birthday. The next day she disappears, causing Watanabe a deep grief. He meets Midori, a beautiful, bright and funny young girl who only wishes to love Watanabe. He finally gets a letter from Naoko.

Adapted from Haruki Murakami‘s very famous novel, Norwegian Wood was shot in Japan with Japanese actors.

"Suddenly, we are surprised to realise, too late, that we did not live enough, we did not love enough, and we did not suffer enough out of love. It’s too late. We only lived a tiny part of our youth aspirations, when we used to claim great affirmations and certitudes with tears in our eyes." Tran Anh Hung


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