The Screen adaption of Haruki Murakami’s book Norwegian Wood took four years to be approved by the Japanese author. Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung told the Associated Press that he first met with Murakami in 2004 describing the acclaimed writer as “quiet, very serious, and very careful”. In 2008, Murakami finally approved the adaptation of the book.
Tran stated "Murakami protected his work. He gave us two conditions. One is that he would like to see the script. The other one is he would like to know what would be the budget for the movie,". Tran first read the novel in 1994 and had always wanted to turn it into a movie. "I've read some other love stories, but this one is very special. The book reveals some shadows that are hidden inside of you," the forty-seven year old director said. "It is about love and lost love. It's about mourning. It's about feelings of making up with life after the death of your loved ones."