Noruwei no mori

Noruwei no mori poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $31,406Details
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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.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Spilled
74% - Certified Fresh
50% - Spilled

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: January 6th, 2012 (Limited) by Red Flag Releasing, released as Norwegian Wood
International Releases: November 25th, 2011 (Limited), released as Norwegian Wood (Canada)
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 133 minutes
Keywords: Political, Love Triangle, Romance, Suicide
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Asmik Ace Entertainment Ltd, Fuji Television Network


Reika Kirishima    Reiko Ishida
Kengo Kora    Kizuki
Eriko Hatsune    Hatsumi
Tetsuji Tamayama    Nagazawa

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Ahn Hung Tran
Based on the Novel by Haruki Murakumi    Haruki Murakami
Executive Producer    Masao Teshima
Executive Producer    Chihiro Kameyama
Producer    Shinji Ogawa
Associate Producer    Kaoru Matsuzaki
Associate Producer    Joe Ideda
Co-Executive Producer    Michael J. Werner
Co-Executive Producer    Wouter Barendrecht
Composer    Jonny Greenwood
Director of Photography    Mark Lee Ping Bin
Production Designer    Yen Khe Luguern
Costume Designer    Yen Khe Luguern
Production Designer    Norifumi Ataka
Lighting Director    Yuki Nakamura
Sound Mixer    Tomoharu Urata
Editor    Mario Battistel

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for May 15th, 2012

May 14th, 2012

It's not a bad week, for this time of year, with three films that are selling well, and two of those earned really good reviews. Unfortunately, I'm still waiting for those screeners. Also, after those three big releases, there's a sharp drop-off in sales strength and we quickly find releases that would be overlooked most weeks. As for the best of the best, both Chronicle and The Grey are contenders for Pick of the Week, but like I said, I don't have the screeners to judge the extras. Therefore, I'm giving that title to Being John Malkovich Criterion Collection Blu-ray. More...

Per Theater Chart: Iron Isn't Tarnished during Sophomore Stint

January 10th, 2012

The $10,000 club was again crowded this week and, as expected for this time of year, it was filled almost entirely by holdovers. Iron Lady remained the top film with an average of $35,275 in five theaters and it should start hitting major milestones very soon. Pina's average grew, again, reaching $27,676 in three theaters. Hopefully it will start expanding quickly, before its momentum fades. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close earned an average of $16,521 in six theaters. Its mixed reviews haven't taken too much of a toll, yet. A Separation doubled its theater count, but its per theater average remained relatively steady at $15,440. The overall box office leader, The Devil Inside, was next at $14,763. Finally, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia opened with $10,652 in one theater. More...

Limited Releases: Stuck in a Cold Norwegian Winter

January 6th, 2012

While it is a weak time of year for wide releases, it is a devastating time of year for limited releases. Not only is it too late to qualify for the Oscars, but art house theaters are crowded with films vying for awards. There is one exception to this rule, Foreign Language Films. (They have to be released in their native country during the year in question.) So it should come as no surprise the only film earning Oscar-worthy reviews is one such film, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. However, Norwegian Wood is actually earning a bit more buzz, even if the reviews are not quite as high as I would like.


Daily Box Office Performance

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/01/06 58 $13,000   3 $4,333   $13,000 3
2012/03/02 86 $2,937   1 $2,937   $13,595 59
2012/03/09 98 $2,142 -27% 1 $2,142   $16,684 66
2012/03/16 97 $1,085 -49% 1 $1,085   $19,310 73
2012/03/30 79 $3,874   2 $1,937   $23,622 87
2012/04/13 93 $2,019   1 $2,019   $29,245 101
2012/04/20 107 $388 -81% 1 $388   $31,088 108

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Canada 11/25/2011 $0000$0
International Total$0

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