DRIVE MY CAR (DORAIBU MAI KÂ) World Cinema

DRIVE MY CAR (DORAIBU MAI KÂ)

Japan Official International Feature Film Oscar® Submission

Following the theatrical screening, watch a special conversation with director Ryusuke Hamaguchi moderated by AFI Festivals Programmer Malin Kan.

Expanding on the eponymous Haruki Murakami short story, this epic examination of loss from Japanese auteur Ryusuke Hamaguchi (ASAKO I & II), which won Best Screenplay at Cannes, follows well-known stage actor Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima) who is invited to direct a multi-lingual version of Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” in Hiroshima. Accustomed to running lines behind the wheel with a tape recorded by his late wife, Yusuke is dismayed to learn that the production requires he accept a quiet young woman, Misaki, as his driver. When her driving abilities prove more than adequate, his concerns are shifted to revelations about his wife, a possible affair uncovered and an inner life he will never fully know. With a delicate emotionality, Hamaguchi explores what is left behind when a love is lost and a city is decimated. –Malin Kan

Ryusuke Hamaguchi was born in 1978. After graduating from the University of Tokyo, Hamaguchi worked in the commercial film industry before entering the graduate program in film at the Tokyo University of the Arts. His films include HAPPY HOUR, ASAKO I & II, WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY and DRIVE MY CAR.

Details

Country: Japan

Year: 2021

Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Screenwriters: Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe

Producer: Teruhisa Yamamoto

Executive Producers: Kazuo Nakanishi, Yuji Sadai

Director of Photography: Hidetoshi Shinomiya

Editor: Azusa Yamazaki

Production Designer: Hyeonsun Seo

Music: Eiko Ishibashi

Cast/Featuring: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Toko Miura, Masaki Okada, Reika Kirishima, Park Yurim, Jin Daeyeon

Running Time (minutes): 179

Languges: Japanese, Korean, English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Indonesian, German, Malay

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