Oscar-nominated Babel star, and co-star of the upcoming Brothers Bloom, Rinko Kikuchi has signed on to star in an adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood. It’s to be directed by Tran Anh Hung, previous credits of whom include Cyclo and The Scent of Green Papaya.
The main character Toru is to be played by Kenichi Matsuyama while Kikuchi will take on Naoko, the love interest of Toru whose troubled existence provides many opportunities for existential examination and heartbreak for our lead.
The book is not my favourite of Murakami’s, it being somewhat straightforward and relatively predictable when compared to the astonishing magical, mystical realism of Kafka on the Shore and the superb Dance, Dance, Dance.
However, any adaptation of his should be welcomed with open arms and, of his more celebrated works, this is probably the most conducive to a film adaptation. The brilliance of Kafka on the Shore is undoubted, but the book is filled with strange scenes which would be difficult to pull off.
Count me among those thoroughly looking forward to this adaptation.