Drive My Car


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  • Starring: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tôko Miura, Reika Kirishima
  • Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
  • Running Time: 179 minutes
  • Certificate: 15 - strong sex
  • Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
  • Genre: Drama
  • Country: Japan


  • Best International Feature Film



"Few recent films have demanded to be seen in a cinema as much as this Japanese heartbreaker..."
★★★★ Kevin Maher, The Times 

"This is a supremely confident piece of film-making from Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, albeit one that, at three hours long and with a rather Chekhov-heavy second half, will certainly require the right mindset."
★★★★ Wendy Ide, Observer 

"It's not for the impatient, but it's so precise and delicate, you won't notice the gear-changes."
★★★★ Ian Freer, Empire Magazine

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.

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.

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