Tran Anh Hung’s forthcoming feature Norwegian Woodwill feature the the Beatles’ original recording of “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” as its title song.
The film is adapted from Haruki Murakami’s lauded novel of the same name, first published in 1987 and now translated into 33 languages. The song features prominently in the story.
The film is about a man looking back on his Tokyo student days of the 1960s, when he met two very different women.
Producer Shinji Ogawa had planned to use a cover version of the classic song, but Fortissimo Films, Asmik Ace Entertainment and Fuji Television Network confirmed that the Beatles version has been approved for use. The song is from 1965’s Rubber Soul.
Tran Anh Hung said: “Using the original song was inevitable due to its importance in the book. I placed it in a very particular place in the film to create a space of memory, for clarification and resonance of the drama that the audience has just experienced.”
The film is now in post for a likely late 2010 launch.
Vietnam-born Tran previously directed Camera d’Or winner The Scent of Green Papaya, Venice Golden Lion winner Cyclo, Cannes selection The Vertical Ray of The Sun, and I Come With The Rain.