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Murakami classic finally makes it onto the big screen

Anybody interested in Japanese culture has read at least one Haruki Murakami novel, and it is likely that one novel would be the emotional and nostalgic Norwegian Wood (1987) -the tale of sex,loss and mental illnessthatbrought Murakami world-wide success.

Although the movie, made by a Vietnamese-French director,openend in Japan on Fridayto mixed reviews, and no doubt the millions offaithful fans will be hard to please, I would defnitely recommend either the film or the book as a great introductionto the surreal amd often twisted fantasy-worldscreated by Murakami in his other novels, such as: the post-modern fantasy of A Wild Sheep Chase (1982); the magical and dream-like Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (1985); or the more socially-conscious (and my favourite) The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1995) which melts reality with fantasy and evenviolence, an elementof Japanese society that isusually kept behind the screen.

Read reviews in the Guardian and the Japan Times.

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