Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature
Japan / 2010 / Japanese dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / DCP / 133 minutes

Winner of Muhr AsiaAfrica / Feature /Best Composer: Jonny Greenwood (Composer)


It's been dubbed the Japanese 'Catcher In The Rye' and now, Haruki Murakami's classic novel is a sumptuously-filmed feature from Tran Anh Hung. Perfectly capturing the nostalgic, languid sensuality of the story, Hung brings the book to life in an emotional and devastatingly beautiful piece of cinema. It's 1969 and Toru Watanabe (Kenichi Matsuyama) is a 19-year-old student in Tokyo, besotted by Naoko (Rinko Kikuchi), a beautiful and introspective young woman. But their mutual passion is complicated by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Watanabe lives with the influence of death everywhere, while Naoko feels as if some integral part of her has been permanently lost. It is at that time Midori (Kiko Mizuhara), a girl who is everything that Naoko is not - outgoing, vivacious, supremely self-confident - marches into Watanabe's life and he has to choose between his future and his past.


Drama, Romance

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Sexuality, Adult Themes and References 18+

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