Adapted from Haruki Murakami’s short story, Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car is a winner of three prizes at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival: Best Screenplay, Ecumenical Jury Prize, and the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize.
Two years after his wife’s unexpected death, Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima), a renowned stage actor and director, receives an offer to direct a production of Uncle Vanya at a theater festival in Hiroshima. There, he meets Misaki Watari (Toko Miura), a taciturn young woman assigned by the festival to chauffeur him in his beloved red Saab 900. As the production’s premiere approaches, tensions mount amongst the cast and crew, not least between Yusuke and Koji Takatsuki, a handsome TV star who shares an unwelcome connection to Yusuke’s late wife. Forced to confront painful truths raised from his past, Yusuke begins – with the help of his driver – to face the haunting mysteries his wife left behind.
Review: Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s 3-hour ‘Drive My Car (ドライブ・マイ・カー)’ is a detailed and meticulous ride that will quietly reward your patience [Grade: B+]
Drive My Car is Japan’s official International Feature Film Oscar entry for the 94th Academy Awards. It opens in NY on November 24 and LA on December 3.