Drive My Car

Japan, 179m, DCP

Showtimes & Tickets

Screened April 15–May 19, 2022

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, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car is a haunting road movie traveling a path of love, loss, acceptance, and peace. A Sideshow/Janus Films release

In Japanese, Korean, English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Indonesian, German, and Malaysian; with English subtitles

Official Selection: Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival

Winner: 2022 Academy Award for Best International Feature Film

A film by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

A quiet masterpiece… Many movies offer pat life lessons; this one speaks about what it means to go on living.”

Manohla Dargis, The New York Times [Critic's Pick]

Perfectly paced, intricately structured and entirely absorbing.”

Justin Chang, The Los Angeles Times