A poetic portrait of the elusive Japanese author Haruki Murakami. He was born in 1949 as the son of a Buddhist monk and a merchant’s daughter, attended a school for dramatic art, and currently lives in America, boasting an impres­sive list of best­sellers. Why are his books so popular in widely diver­gent cultures and coun­tries all over the world? And why doesn’t he like Chinese food? Film­maker Yan Ting Yuen tries to capture Murakami’s surre­alist world in Japan. She invites him for dinner and asks various Japanese experts and fans about the influ­ence Murakami’s books exert on Japanese society. She exam­ines his roots and in passing portrays modern Japan, without the plat­i­tudes that are usually addressed in the West. Will Murakami accept her invi­ta­tion for dinner?

Title: Dinner with Murakami
Year: 2007
Duration : 53 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2007

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