Drive My Car (film)

Drive My Car (Japanese: ドライブ・マイ・カー, Hepburn: Doraibu Mai Kā) is a 2021 Japanese drama film[3] directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi and written by Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe. It follows a theatre director (played by Hidetoshi Nishijima), who directs a multilingual production of Uncle Vanya while dealing with the death of his wife.[4] It is based on Haruki Murakami's short story "Drive My Car" and other stories from his 2014 collection Men Without Women.[5]

Drive My Car
Theatrical release poster
Japanese name
Revised HepburnDoraibu Mai Kā
Directed byRyusuke Hamaguchi
Screenplay by
Based on"Drive My Car"
by Haruki Murakami
Produced by
  • Teruhisa Yamamoto
CinematographyHidetoshi Shinomiya
Edited byAzusa Yamazaki
Music byEiko Ishibashi
Distributed byBitters End
Release dates
  • 11 July 2021 (2021-07-11) (Cannes)
  • 20 August 2021 (2021-08-20) (Japan)
Running time
179 minutes
  • Japanese
  • English
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • German
  • Korean Sign Language
Box office$15.4 million[1][2]

Drive My Car had its world premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, where it competed for the Palme d'Or and won three awards, including Best Screenplay. The film received widespread critical acclaim with praise towards Hamaguchi's direction and screenplay. Many declared it the best film of 2021.[6][7][8] It was nominated for four awards at the 94th Academy Awards, winning Best International Feature Film, and received numerous other accolades. Drive My Car was the first Japanese film to receive a Best Picture nomination (as opposed to Best International Film).

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