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Still from Drive My Car

Drive My Car

Directed by Ryuske Hamaguchi

April 15th, 2022 7:00 pm

April 16th, 2022 1:00pm

April 16th, 2022 6:00pm

April 17th, 2022 1:00pm

Synopsis

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, Ryusuke 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.

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Film Details

Director: Ryuske Hamaguchi
Studio: Janus Films
Running Time: 180 minutes
Country: Japan
Release Year: 2021
Rated: Unrated

Reviews

“For a century and more, film directors have explored crosscurrents between art and life, and how one informs the other. Hamaguchi makes that exploration a fully humanized one.” – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune