I hate it when they turn books into melodramas. What you get with melodrama is one note performances, and one mood. The moments of happiness are quickly followed by suicidal regret. So over the top. More like one of those bad dreams where you can't stop crying.
This film gets so much hate and I really don't understand it, but lo and behold- I haven't read the novel and watched solely out of my interest for Trần Anh Hùng. Thus, I rather enjoyed the film thoroughly. l found it hauntingly beautiful and melancholy. I recommend seeking out the director's previous works before being so finicky.
A film of unspeakable, abysmal suffering that we are only allowed to witness through distant vignettes; a perfect allegory for the disconnect between the characters and their hopeless, futile attempts to understand and console each other. An essential coming-of-age drama.
One of the best stills on MUBI, and it`s not even in the film. From the first shot this movie is galloping towards getting finished, only taking short breaths with sensual scenes. When you want to make a character driven film, it`s crucial to let the audience know them, and in this film we never get to know the main character. It`s the strong effort of the female leads that brings emotion into this dead film.
Ada penggunaan dolly track yang sangat lama, ada iringan musik yang menakjubkan, ada Rinko Kikuchi yang begitu mempesona, Kiko Mizuhara yang ingin saya kawini, dan Kenichi Matsuyama yang ingin saya toyor kepalanya. 'Flat' adalah kata yang muncul di benak saya saat menonton film ini. Sepertinya saya tidak bisa mencintai film ini karena saya terlalu mencintai dunia Norwegian Wood milik saya ketimbang milik mz T,A Hung.
after a very weak first act, the rest does get quite good; although i had the feeling (even not knowing Murakami's material) that they tried to stretch time and make it unnecessarily long and contemplative. Jonny Greenwood, again, does a swell job with the score.