Drive My Car

Drive My Car

Drive My Car

(ドライブ・マイ・カー)

Based on a short story by Haruki Murakami and directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi.

Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima), a stage actor and director, still unable, after two years, to cope with the loss of his beloved wife, accepts to direct Uncle Vanja at a theater festival in Hiroshima. There he meets Misaki (Tôko Miura), an introverted young woman, appointed to drive his car. In between rides, secrets from the past and heartfelt confessions will be unveiled. As they spend time together, Kafuku confronts the mystery of his wife that quietly haunts him.

Winner of over 40 international awards including -

Academy Award for Best International Feature Film 2022
Golden Globes Best Foreign Film 2022
Cannes Film Festival 2021 Best Screenplay
Cannes Film Festival 2021 the Fipresci Prize
Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2021 Best Film
National Society of Film Critics 2022 Best Film
National Society of Film Critics 2022 Best Director, Actor and Screenplay
New York Film Critics Circle 2021 Best Film
New York Film Critics Best Foreign Feature
LA Film Critics Circle 2021 Best Film and Screenplay
Nominated for 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best International Feature,  Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director.

★★★★★ "A profoundly beautiful film." -  Daily Telegraph (UK)

★★★★★ "It is an engrossing and exalting experience." - The Guardian

★★★★★ "It feels as expansive as the whole world." - Washington Post

★★★★★ "One of the year’s finest films, set at ‘Uncle Vanya’ rehearsals and behind the wheel of a Saab." - Chicago Tribune

★★★★ "This is a supremely confident piece of film-making." - Observer (UK)

★★★★ "Few recent films have demanded to be seen in a cinema as much as this Japanese heartbreaker" - The Times (UK)

"In this quiet masterpiece, Hamaguchi considers grief, love, work and the soul-sustaining, life-shaping power of art." - The New York Times

"A masterpiece - haunting and true, melancholy and wise" - LA Times

"Adapted from a story.. by Haruki Murakami, this highbrow road movie is an absorbing, technically assured piece of work with poetic depths and novelistic ambitions." - Hollywood Reporter

"...A masterpiece, a mysteriously enthralling creation that keeps you guessing about where it’s going, then reveals its essence with astonishing clarity." - Wall Street Journal

"The one film that demands to be seen on a big screen this year." - Globe and Mail

Rating: MA15
Runtime: 179 mins

[Japanese, with English subtitles]

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