Published in 1987 and since translated into 33 languages, NORWEGIAN WOOD is a story of loss and heartbreak in a time of global instability.
Haruki Murakami’s bestselling novel is brought to the screen by Tran Anh Hung (Golden Lion winner for CYCLO and Academy Award nominee for THE SCENT OF GREEN PAPAYA) and features Japanese rising star Kenichi Matsuyama (DEATH NOTE, DETROIT METAL CITY) and Oscar nominee Rinko Kikuchi (BABEL) alongside newcomer Kiko Mizuhara.
Tokyo, the late 1960s…Students around the world are uniting to overthrow the establishment and Toru Watanabe’s personal life is similarly in tumult. At heart, he is deeply devoted to his first love, Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman. But their complex bond has been forged by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Watanabe lives with the influence of death everywhere. That is, until Midori, a girl who is everything that Naoko is not – outgoing, vivacious, supremely self-confident – marches into his life and Watanabe must choose between his past and his future.
About Mark Lee Ping Bin
Mark Lee Ping Bin’s name is inseparable from that of Hou Hsiao-Hsien, having accompanied the master on his cinematic sojourn for two decades, and shooting ten of his films, including such classics as City of Sadness (1989), as well as recent work Café Lumiere (2004), Three Times (2005), Flight of the Red Balloon (2007) and The Sun Also Rises (2007). This is Mark Lee Ping Bin’s second APSA nomination for cinematography.