Haruki Murakam i’s cult novel of teenage longing is as big in Japan as Twilight is here, but don’t expect blood-sucking romance in Tran Anh Hung’s anaemic arthouse effort.
In late-’60s Japan, student Watanabe (Ken’ichi Matsuyama) wavers between two women, notably Rinko Kikuchi (Naoko) as the troubled girlfriend of a pal who committed suicide.
The emotional fireworks soon fizzle out, thanks to a wet hero. Rapturously shot but Tran’s stylistic fussiness is stifling, leaving only a languid portrait of emo-erotica.
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