Norwegian Wood all cover editions ノルウェイの森 (Noruwei no Mori) is a 1987 novel by Japanese author Haruki Murakami. The novel is a nostalgic story of loss and sexuality.

It was announced in July 2008 that Tran Anh Hung would direct an adaptation of the novel. The film stars Kenichi Matsuyama as Watanabe, Rinko Kikuchi as Naoko and Kiko Mizuhara as Midori, and is expected to be released in autumn 2010.

Dulu Pertama kali aku nemuin novel ini 24 maret 2006. Secara.. aku ini suka Jepang yah. Jadi pas liat d Gramedia, ada novel dgn cover yg bgitu menggoda, dan jelas Jepang bgt (coverna putih dgn buletan merah d tengah; bendera jepang bgt), aku langsung beli. Kalo ga salah harga na 60rb. Pas dibaca, agak shock bukan main. Salut seh buat translatorna. Tulisanna tuh detail bgt. Yang bikin aku shock, trutama detail ttg bagian2 ‘nudity’, eksplisit bgt. Kalo dibilang ini novel org dewasa apalagi porno, well that means i’m just an ordinary reader dong yah. Secara aku ini anak sastra yah, jd ga bisa dliat dr sudut pandang itu aja. Tapi berhubung aku ini jarang baca novel yg eksplisit kaya gni, lumayan shcok jg. nyahaha.

Singkat cerita; diambil dr tugas writing resume aku dulu.

The story begins with a 37 year old, Toru Watanabe, who has strapped in his seat on the huge 747 plunged through dense cloud cover on approach to the Hamburg, Germany. When the plane is going to off, he hears an orchestral cover of the Beatles’ song Norwegian Wood. As usual he feels something as hear it, but more complicated for this time. He is suddenly transported back to the end of his teenage years and overwhelmed by feelings of loss and nostalgia.

Toru thinks back to 1960s, when so much happened that touched his life. Even 18 years has passed through his life, he still has that memory. Memory about a girl named Naoko.

About 20 years ago, Toru lived in a dormitory, somewhere in Tokyo. He still new there, and doesn’t know anything about Tokyo. His parents who thought a college student can live alone only with complete facilities and foods, sent him to study there. He got many things as living in dormitory. Men’s room is used to be dirty. Nude posters are hanging on every part of wall. But Toru’s room is very neat as hospital. It is because of his roommate who is very strict with cleanness.

Someday, Toru meets Naoko on the train. They didn’t meet for purpose, but get off at the same place. They walk together around Tokyo. They spend more and more time together, trying to console one another. They often meet every Sunday and walk down to the town; talking about what university they will go after graduated. In the middle of April, Naoko will get first her 20th birthday. Toru promise her to celebrate it. But there was something strange about Naoko’s becoming twenty.

Weeks after, there is no news from Naoko. Her apartment is empty and Toru doesn’t have idea where Naoko is. He writes letter and send it to her house in Kobe. He said he loves and needs her, but no answer come.

One day, after Drama History class, Toru met a girl that takes glace at him. She calls his name and seats beside him. She looks tomboy; her hair is very short, use black glasses and wears white mini-skirt. Her name is Midori Kobayashi, which means green but Midori says she doesn’t like green. She is everything that Naoko is not; outgoing, vivacious, and self-confident. Despite his love for Naoko, Toru finds himself attracted to Midori as well. Midori is attracted to him also. Both Midori and Naoko are not entirely approachable. They like, or even love Toru, but they are cautious of having him close or revealing too much about themselves.

Ken'ichi Matsuyama as Watanabe Ken’ichi Matsuyama
Wah… dah lama yah ga liat Ken’ichi main di film lg. Kali ini filmna bergenre drama lg. Byk yg blg dia ini memiliki Eye Candy. Maksudna apa yah? hehe.. tp emang menarik bgt seh mata na.
Mungkin buat org2 yg awam… tau n kenal dia ini pas main sbg L d film Death Note. Sbnerna dah lumayan byk film dan drama yg dah dia mainin. Misalna; Nana, One Litre of Tears, n Gokusen. Nah film berikutna yg bakal rilis 2010 adalah Norwegian Wood ini. Rumorna, dia bakal berperan sbg Toru Watanabe, si tokoh utama.

Rinko Kikuchi as Naoko Rinko Kikuchi
Buat yg dah pernah nonton film Babel, pasti dah ga asing ma wajah ini. Dia mewakili tokoh Jepang yg tuna rungu, yg d film itu berani menunjukan bagian kewanitaan na alias nude..hyaahhh.. berani bgt. Tapi gara2 film ini juga, dia jd masuk nominator academy awards.. dan main lg d film barat, yg tanpa dialog. Di film Norwegian Wood ini, dia akan berperan sbg Naoko. Kalo menurut aku, pas bgt seh. Soalna karakter Naoko sndiri juga sama menyentuh dan melankolisna ma karakter si Rinko sndiri. Dan di novel jg Naoko sering beradegan nude. Haha.. tetep.

Kiko Mizuhara as Midori Kiko Mizuhara
Kalo aktris yg ini… aku ga kenal, n belum pernah liat sbelumna. jd no futher comment deh. Dia akan berperan sbg Midori tmn sekelas Watanabe.

Kira2 bagaimana yah nanti filmna? Krn sutradara na–kata na seh– cukup handal, moga2 film na jadi na bagus yah, tanpa mengurangi feel yg didapat dr novel Murakami.