This bold adaptation of Murakami Haruki's popular novel of tortured first loves moves uncannily between elegant pictorial objectivity and rhapsodic passages that engulf us in romantic anguish. In the late 60s (most strongly evoked by the sharp fashion sense of the leads)Tokyouniversities are rife with political unrest, but Watanabe (Kenichi Matsuyama) is consumed by inner turmoil. He is falling in love with the fragile, painfully inhibited Naoko (Rinko Kikuchi) and becoming increasingly fixated on her devotion to honouring a dead boy they both loved. The morbid power of their bond is tested by his much worldlier roommate Nagasawa and the mocking flirtation of the uninhibited Midori, who clearly fancies him but won't play second fiddle to a ghost.
2hrs 13mins long
R16 sex scenes, suicide