Tran rises to Murakami challenge
Adapting a best-selling novel like Norwegian Wood for the cinema can be a tough task for any director, but try making the film in a language you can’t speak.
That’s the challenge Vietnamese- French film-maker Tran Anh Hung faced in bringing the Haruki Murakami story of love and loss to the screen.
“Murakami was very open and said I could adapt it in any language I wanted and in any place in the world,” Tran said in an interview ahead of the film’s Dec 11 release in Japan.
“But I said I wanted to film Japanese faces, because what attracted me to the novel is that it’s Japanese,” he said.