Two days until its official release, the film Norwegian Wood held a private screening on the 8th at the Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo's Minami Azabu for foreign fans. It was also announced at the screening that the movie will be distributed to 50 countries worldwide.
Opening on the 16th in countries like Ukraine and Russia, the film will eventually make its way around the world, including theaters in England, home of the Beatles, who provided the theme song for the movie, as well as Norway. According to the distributor Toho, it is almost unheard of for a movie to secure distribution rights before its official release. In Japan alone the novel has sold more than 10 million copies and has been translated into 36 languages. With so many people familiar with the original work, it's no wonder the film has attracted such great attention.
Lead actor Matsuyama Kenichi (25) attended the special screening. "Everything came together by chance. The movie is really a miracle. No matter where we're from, the themes of love and living will resonate with people. Everyone has their own concepts of love and everyone will respond differently to this piece. For me as well, I believe it will leave a lasting impression."