Want to know where to watch free movies based on Haruki Murakami stories on the Internet?
Then read on…
There are a handful of films or rather short films adapted from Haruki Murakami novels and short stories.
You can watch some of these films free of charge, as they are readily available on the Internet.
You do not need to sign up any account, or install software to enjoy these adaptions of Murakami’s stories.
I have managed to dig out ten (10) films based on Haruki Murakami stories from the Internet.
As I have just said, they are all free to view.
Free Movies Based On Murakami Stories Online
Here are 10 films adapted from Haruki Murakami’s writings which you can watch online for free right now:
Hear The Wind Sing (風の歌を聴け, Kaze no uta o kike)
This is adapted from Murakami’s first novel of the same name.
It is about a student returning to his seaside hometown in Kobe for the summer school break.
The movie revolves around this student, his friend by the name of Rat, and also getting involved with a girl with a missing pinkie, who works in a record store.
Click here to watch this movie: Hear The Wind Sing free with Englsih subtitles.
Tony Takitani (トニー滝谷 ,Tonî Takitani, )
It is based on Haruki Murakami’s short story about isolation, loneliness and obsession with expensive clothes.
This 2004 film cast are: Issei Ogata, Rie Miyazawa, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Takahumi Shinohara, and Miho Fujima.
It was directed by writer-director Jun Ichikawa.
The soundtrack of this Japanese movie is by the famous Ryuichi Sakamoto.
The story is about a guy called Tony Takitani, a mechanical illustrator. He had a solitary childhood, as his mother died young and his father was always away with his jazz band.
He married Eiko, who is obsessed with shopping for expensive clothes and accessories. Tony’s wife was killed in a car crash after returning the clothes to her favorite boutique.
In this movie, former model-actress Rie Miyazawa acted two roles: Konuma Eiko and Hisako.
To watch Tony Takitani movie online free, click the links below.
Here is a video clip of “The Making Of Tony Takitani“.
A Girl, She Is 100% (100%の女の子, 100% no onna no ko)
This 1983 short film is directed by Naoto Yamakawa, and stars Kassei Kumamoto, Shigeru Muroi and Kazunao Sakaguchi.
This is Yamakawa’s second adaptation of a Haruki Murakami story (following Attack On A Bakery).
It is about a young man passes a young woman in a Harajuku side street.
Thinking that she is the 100% perfect girl for him. He contemplates on how he should have approached her. To be certain they are meant for each other, they part ways and let destiny takes its course.
Attack On A Bakery (パン屋襲撃, Pan ya shūgeki)
The title of this Japanese short story is translated in English as either “Bakery Attack” or “Attack On A Bakery”.
This 16-minute 1982 short film directed is by Naoto Yamakawa.
The story about two desperate hungry youths who rob a bakery run by a Wagner-enthusiast communist.
Before they can carry out their their attack, they have to wait for an a young lady customer; still in the bakery, indecisively choosing between a Japanese pastry and French croissants.
The casts are: Cho Ban-Ho, Shigeru Muroi (indecisive lady customer) , Koen Okumura (baker) and Taro Suwa.
Watch the free Japanese short film “Attack On A Bakery” here.
This is another adaptation of the “Bakery Attack“.
It is the episode two of the three-part South Korean omnibus film titled “Acoustic” (어쿠스틱, Eo-ku-seu-tik) .
It is about a group of young twenty-somethings Koreans getting involved in love, hope, and music. The movie is set within the Hongdae area of Seoul.
The Second Bakery Attack (パン屋再襲撃, Pan’ya saishūgeki)
The Second Bakery Attack is a short story was originally published in the August 1985 issue of Marie Claire Japan.
It is a sequel to Murakami’s short story “Bakery Attack”, which was published in 1981.
I cannot find the free full 2010 Mexican-American version directed by Carlos Cuarón. It stars Kirsten Dunst and Brian Geraghty.
But I managed to get hold of two other adaptations.
This first version is in English together with subtitles, and directed by Zhenzhong Zhu.
You can watch it over here.
The Second Bakery Attack Chinese Adaptation
The second version is a Chinese production (再袭面包店) in Mandarin language.
All God’s Children Can Dance (神の子どもたちはみな踊る, Kami no kodomotachi wa mina odoru )
This 2007 film adaptation of a Haruki Murakami story is directed by Robert Logevall.
This is one of the six short stories found in “After the Quake”.
This Murakami’s tale is about a guy called Kengo and his quest for his real father, set in Los Angeles’ Korea Town.
Interestingly, Kengo believes that his real father is God!
The cast include: Joan Chen, Jason Lew (as Kengo), Sonja Kinski, Tzi Ma, John Fleck, Darlene Kardon, Eden Rountree, Tara Brook and Yuriana Kim.
Watch this free feature film “All God’s Children Can Dance” over here.
Norwegian wood (ノルウェイの森, Noruwei no mori)
This 2010 Japanese romantic drama film directed by Tran Anh Hung.
It is about Toru Watanabe who recalls his life in the 1960s, when his friend Kizuki killed himself and he grew close to Naoko, Kizuki’s depressive girlfriend.
Then he also fell for another girl, Midori, who is a wilful free-spirit.
The cast are: Kenichi Matsuyama (as Toru Watanabe), Kiko Mizuhara (as Midori), Rinko Kikuchi (as Naoko), Kengo Kora (as Kizuki),Tetsuji Tamayama (as Nagasawa), Eriko Hatsune (as Hatsumi) and Reika Kirishima (as Reiko Ishida)
To watch this free movie Norwegian Wood full feature film with English subtitles, click here.
Burning (버닝, Beoning)
This 2018 South Korean psychological thriller film is loosely based on the short story “Barn Burning” by Haruki Murakami.
It is about Lee Jong-su, an aspiring young novelist, who does odd jobs in Paju. He meets his childhood female friend, Shin Hae-mi and starts a relationship.
Then she asks him to look after her cat while she’s on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy who confesses every two months, he burns an abandoned greenhouse.
It stars Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, and Jeon Jong-seo.
Hope you enjoy viewing all these 10 free movies based on Murakami stories.