Thursday, July 31, 2008

Entry for July 31, 2008

Trần Anh Hùng sẽ làm phim Norwegian Wood của Haruki Murakami. That's great!
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"Norwegian Wood," the best-selling novel by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, will be made into a film for the first time, production company Asmik Ace Entertainment Inc. advised.

The film will be directed by Vietnamese-born French director Tran Anh Hung, who will also write the screenplay. The characters have not yet been cast. Inspired by the novel translated into French, Tran proposed his idea of the film adaptation to Murakami in 2004.

Some of Murakami's novels, including his 1979 debut "Hear the Wind Sing" and the 1990 short story "Tony Takitani," have been made into films.

"Norwegian Wood" depicts the loss and rebirth of a soul through romantic relationships between the main character "I," who is a university student, and two different women. About 8.7 million copies of the novel -- including paperbacks -- have been published.

Tran is well known for his lyrical films such as "The Scent of Green Papaya" and "The Vertical Ray of the Sun." He will start shooting "Norwegian Wood" in February next year, and the film will be released in 2010."