It struck me the first time I saw this that Ichikawa, working with Hirokawa and Sanjo, had devised a really superb use of bookended tracking shots to simulate reading and turning pages.
Also it's the first Murakami adaptation as far as I know.
Here's to Hiraku Makimura.
I saw this in 2008 (in a theater no less, gotta love LA sometimes) and it energized me and got me thinking about storytelling in a way nothing had since I saw Science of Sleep in 2006. It also reminded… read review