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On Seeing The 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning

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ABOUT THE FILM

This film is based on Murakami Haruki's short story "On seeing the 100% perfect girl one beautiful April morning." Combining relaxed narration with sedate jazz, it carefully recreates Murakami's world.

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DIRECTOR'S DATA

Nationality:
United States
Activities:
I Started making films in high School with my friends and decided to choose it as my major in University.
I made several short second project since groducting from school.
Screening / Award history:
This film hasn`t been screened or received awards anywhere.

26 people voted

jun0nsj
2010-09-12 20:11:35

んー、違うなぁ、、ぜんぜん違う。そもそも、二人がすれ違ったのは、人混み溢れる表参道ではなく、人も疎らな裏原宿だろうなぁ。
冒頭、東京の汚い街並を映しすぎる。東京の実情、平均像がどうであれ、村上春樹の小説世界は、もっともっと静かで美しい世界。"One Beautiful April Morning" が、映像で全然描けていないではないか。
この短編は、英語版でも読んだけれど(よく覚えているが、中野のFreshness Burgerにて)、とても美しくて淋しい話だと思いました。

Coro
2010-02-18 22:22:21

Very cute.
I like this lovely story.
A little bit weeped....Thank you so much.

tomlaw
2009-11-28 01:20:42

This is terrible filmmaking. Don't ever touch a great story again.

joelchu
2009-08-20 21:54:43

Read a novel and see it in your head is one thing. Putting it on screen is a different matter. Sadly I am very disappointed with this film.

gios
2008-08-31 22:25:21

I have not read Murakami's book but the movie did strike a chord with me, the music and the editing is spot on, the story is valid and if Tom makes it a little short i think it would work better. Nonetheless a very good movie and i am sure Tom has matured a lot since this attempt. There are not doubts that the next ones are going to be excellent!
Definitely 5 Stars!!


tnomad
2008-08-02 22:34:03

Sadly I don't agree with people who say you've captured the essence of Murakami's story. Firstly as has already been said the girl's red hair makes her too striking to fit the description in the monologue.

However I think more seriously wrong with the adpatation is the sentimentality about Japan that just isn't in Murakami's earlier works and it's definitely not there in this short story. The long opening shots of Tokyo drag, and when he's talking of taking her to a woody allen film you show them at a temple. Murakami's work is filled with a sentimentality for western culture, not Japanese and I think the director's own love of Japan has kind of ruined that feel.

Finally, I think the last big problem is length. The original story is short and sweet but over 30 minutes it just feels like a simple point dragged out way beyond bearable.

I'm sorry to be so negative as I'd love to see some great adaptations of Murakami's work I just feel this short misses the mark and loses all the magic.

donald seckler
2008-08-01 10:30:17

5 stars!

canterburyhouse
2008-07-30 12:31:25

Overall very enjoyable, nice shots and decent music selection. However the intro was a bit too long.
This said I felt it was a good adaptation of Murakami's work.

HAPendleton
2008-07-28 02:16:44

Very engaging; a nice piece of work!

JWeir
2008-07-27 21:51:44