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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2010: Tran Anh Hung’s Norwegian Wood

Two films in two years? Yup. I’ve yet to see what Tran Anh Hung did with Josh Hartnett in I Come with the Rain since it prety much remained in the whereabouts of the Pacific Rim, but I imagine he might make the most with a storyline set in the 60’s because of his lush treatment with The Scent of Green Papaya and Cyclo. I’ve still got those box covers burned in my memory. Apparently the novel, is a recommended reading and with Rinko Kikuchi top-lining we might get somthing in the vein of The Dreamers.

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#74. Norwegian Wood

Director/Writer: Tran Anh Hung
Producers: Shinji Ogawa
Distributor: Rights Available.

The Gist: Based on Haruki Murakami’s famed Japanese novel Norwegian Wood, this tells the story of a businessman reminiscing about the intense romances of his university days, set against the turbulent student riots of the late 1960s. Matsuyama will play the pic’s troubled college student hero, Kikuchi, the lover of his close friend, and Miizuhara, a model making her first screen appearance, the hero’s classmate.….(more)

Cast: Rinko Kikuchi, Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Tetsuji Tamayama, Kiko Mizuhara, Reika Kirishima and Kengo Kora

Why is it on the list?Two films in two years? Yup. I’ve yet to see what Tran Anh Hung did with Josh Hartnett in I Come with the Rain since it prety much remained in the whereabouts of the Pacific Rim, but I imagine he might make the most with a storyline set in the 60’s because of his lush treatment with The Scent of Green Papaya and Cyclo. I’ve still got those box covers burned in my memory. Apparently the novel, is a recommended reading and with Rinko Kikuchi top-lining we might get somthing in the vein of The Dreamers.

Release Date/Status?: Currently in production, don’t be surprised if this ends up in Venice.

 
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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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