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.
Subtitled in English
DIRECTOR: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
WRITERS: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Haruki Murakami (short story), Takamasa Oe
CAST: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Toko Miura, Reika Kirishima, Park Yurim, Jin Daeyeon, and Masaki Okada
“CRITIC’S PICK: A quiet masterpiece, a story about grief, love and work as well as the soul-sustaining, life-shaping power of art.”