Asmik Ace adds cast to ‘Wood’

Film to star Kenichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi

TOKYO — Tran Anh Hung’s adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s international bestseller “Norwegian Wood” will star Kenichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi and newcomer Kiko Mizuhara, distrib Asmik Ace revealed on Wednesday in Tokyo.

The pic itself was announced last July with Asmik Ace and Fuji TV co-producing. Release is skedded for fall of 2010.

Matsuyama is best known internationally as the sweets-addicted detective L of the three “Death Note” pics. Kikuchi was nommed for a best supporting actress Oscar as the hearing-impaired schoolgirl in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Babel.” She also stars in the Isabel Coixet Cannes competition entry “Map of the Sounds of Tokyo.”

Matsuyama will play the pic’s troubled college student hero, Kikuchi, the lover of his close friend, and Miizuhara, a model making her first screen appearance, the hero’s classmate.

Published in 1987, the novel has sold 9.2 million copies and been translated in 36 languages. French-Vietnamese Tran, who first came to international attention in 1993 with “The Scent of Green Papaya,” has recently completed the Josh Hartnett, Elias Koteas and Lee Byung-hun thriller “I Come With the Rain.”

More Film

  • Lena Waithe

    Lena Waithe Joins GLAAD, WME Panel on LGBTQ Inclusion in Hollywood

    TOKYO — Tran Anh Hung’s adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s international bestseller “Norwegian Wood” will star Kenichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi and newcomer Kiko Mizuhara, distrib Asmik Ace revealed on Wednesday in Tokyo. The pic itself was announced last July with Asmik Ace and Fuji TV co-producing. Release is skedded for fall of 2010. Matsuyama is best […]

  • Amber Heard

    Amber Heard to Receive Maui Film Festival's Shining Star Award

    TOKYO — Tran Anh Hung’s adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s international bestseller “Norwegian Wood” will star Kenichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi and newcomer Kiko Mizuhara, distrib Asmik Ace revealed on Wednesday in Tokyo. The pic itself was announced last July with Asmik Ace and Fuji TV co-producing. Release is skedded for fall of 2010. Matsuyama is best […]

  • Domestics

    Orion Classics Re-Launching With Kate Bosworth-Tyler Hoechlin's 'Domestics'

    TOKYO — Tran Anh Hung’s adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s international bestseller “Norwegian Wood” will star Kenichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi and newcomer Kiko Mizuhara, distrib Asmik Ace revealed on Wednesday in Tokyo. The pic itself was announced last July with Asmik Ace and Fuji TV co-producing. Release is skedded for fall of 2010. Matsuyama is best […]

  • Halle Berry Anjelica Huston

    Halle Berry, Anjelica Huston Join 'John Wick: Chapter 3'

    TOKYO — Tran Anh Hung’s adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s international bestseller “Norwegian Wood” will star Kenichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi and newcomer Kiko Mizuhara, distrib Asmik Ace revealed on Wednesday in Tokyo. The pic itself was announced last July with Asmik Ace and Fuji TV co-producing. Release is skedded for fall of 2010. Matsuyama is best […]

  • Dwayne Johnson & Dany Garcia

    Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia Invest in Atom Tickets (EXCLUSIVE)

    TOKYO — Tran Anh Hung’s adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s international bestseller “Norwegian Wood” will star Kenichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi and newcomer Kiko Mizuhara, distrib Asmik Ace revealed on Wednesday in Tokyo. The pic itself was announced last July with Asmik Ace and Fuji TV co-producing. Release is skedded for fall of 2010. Matsuyama is best […]

  • Studio 54

    'Studio 54' Sells to Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber (EXCLUSIVE)

    TOKYO — Tran Anh Hung’s adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s international bestseller “Norwegian Wood” will star Kenichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi and newcomer Kiko Mizuhara, distrib Asmik Ace revealed on Wednesday in Tokyo. The pic itself was announced last July with Asmik Ace and Fuji TV co-producing. Release is skedded for fall of 2010. Matsuyama is best […]

  • Jake Gyllenhaal Spider-Man

    Jake Gyllenhaal Eyed for Villain Role in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Sequel

    TOKYO — Tran Anh Hung’s adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s international bestseller “Norwegian Wood” will star Kenichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi and newcomer Kiko Mizuhara, distrib Asmik Ace revealed on Wednesday in Tokyo. The pic itself was announced last July with Asmik Ace and Fuji TV co-producing. Release is skedded for fall of 2010. Matsuyama is best […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content