Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood, the Japanese master’s fifth book and arguably his most down-to-earth, is hitting screens in England this March, and a new, international version of the trailer, complete with a clip of the titular Beatles song, was just released over at The Guardian (watch the Japanese version, with subtitles, above). Set in 1969 and 1970, the novel is the story of a young man, Toru, his struggle to get over the loss of his best friend, and the women who, well, help him get over it.
Norwegian Wood is surreal and mind-bending, but not nearly to the degree of Murakami’s later books like Kafka on the Shore and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. Still, it’s a fine introduction to the author (and it’s also full of sex — to the degree that you might, as I did, devour it in one sitting). The trailer suggests the movie, which was featured at last year’s Venice Film Festival, will capture some of the visual magic that the book suggests, but it looks to be mostly a straightforward, of-this-world production, which might make readers wonder if they’d been tripping when they read the book.