• Sat. Apr 20th, 2024

“Drive My Car” is a drama film directed by , based on the short story by Haruki Murakami. The film follows the story of a theater director, Yusuke (played by ), who is grieving the loss of his wife. He takes a job directing a play in Hiroshima and hires a chauffeur, Misaki (played by Toko Miura), to drive him around in a red Audi. As they spend more time together, they begin to open up to each other about their past traumas and experiences, forming an unlikely bond.


“Drive My Car” is a beautifully crafted film that explores complex themes of grief, loss, and human connection. Hamaguchi's direction is masterful, creating a sense of intimacy and emotional depth that draws the viewer in. The film's slow and deliberate pacing allows for the characters to develop and the story to unfold in a natural and organic way. The performances by Nishijima and Miura are outstanding, capturing the subtle nuances and complexities of their characters. The film's stunning cinematography and evocative score further add to its haunting and mesmerizing effect.


“Drive My Car” has received critical acclaim and has won several awards, including the Best Screenplay award at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and the Audience Award at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival. The film has also been selected as Japan's entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards.

Directed by
Screenplay by Takamasa Oe
Based on “Drive My Car”
by Haruki Murakami
Produced by Tsuyoshi Gorô,
Misaki Kawamura,
Osamu Kubota
Sachio Matsushita
Yoshito Nakabe
Keiji Okumura
Jin Suzuki
Akihisa Yamamoto
Starring , , , ,
Cinematography Hidetoshi Shinomiya
Edited by Azusa Yamazaki
Music by Eiko Ishibashi
C&I Entertainment Culture Entertainment Bitters End
Distributed by Bitters End
Release date 11 July 2021 (Cannes) 20 August 2021 (Japan)
Running time 179 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office $2.1 million

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