Norwegian Wood


Japanese teen vampire drama is a bit draining...

Norwegian Wood review

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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