Drive My Car

New York Times Critics' Pick
179 mins.
Directed by Ryūsuke Hamaguchi
Japanese with subtitles

Nominated for four Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Adapted Screenplay, and International Feature.

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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.

Adapted from Haruki Murakami’s short story, Ryūsuke Hamaguchi’s DRIVE MY CAR is a haunting road movie traveling a path of love, loss, acceptance, and peace.

Winner of three prizes at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, including Best Screenplay.

Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Feature, Foreign Language.

“A quiet masterpiece from the Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi, DRIVE MY CAR is a story about grief, love and work as well as the soul-sustaining, life-shaping power of art.” Manohla Dargis. A New York Times Critic's Pick.