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Based on the best-selling coming-of-age novel by world-renowned author Haruki Murakami (Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles), this lush, gorgeously photographed adaptation features an original score by Grammy®-winner Jonny Greenwood (There Will Be Blood) of Radiohead.
Tokyo, the late 1960s... Students around the world are uniting to overthrow the establishment and Toru Watanabe's personal life is similarly in tumult. At heart, he is deeply devoted to his first love, Naoko (Rinko Kikuchi), a beautiful and introspective young woman. But their complex bond has been forged by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Watanabe lives with the influence of death everywhere. That is, until Midori, a girl who is everything that Naoko is not outgoing, vivacious, supremely self-confident marches into his life and Watanabe must choose between his past and his future.
A wonderful, passionate, well-nigh unforgettable adaptation of a great novel --Salon.com
The movie s cinematography... paints each frame in rapture. --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Mt instinct was 3 but the book was so amazing, I have to give the movie an extra star for just reminding me of a great book. Without having read the movie would get 3 starsPublished 19 days ago by David S. Wein
Read the wonderful novel first, then watched film. This lead to a huge disappointment. The film is calm and beautiful and based on a very powerful story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nathan Ross
This is a good movie but for the full impact of the story, read the bookPublished 3 months ago by Robert Glosser
Murakami wrote this book having no idea that it would become a best seller in Japan and force him to flee the country because of his reluctance to become a media celebrity. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dashanzi
A beautiful film adaptation of a great Haruki Murakami novel. Kenichi Matsuyama is wonderful in it. And Tran's direction is almost perfect.Published 5 months ago by SeekerStill
I'm giving this film 3 stars, for beautiful scenes and doing the best with what it could on a limited time frame for a film. The book of course, is significantly more enjoyable. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kyle S