Drive My Car
Nominated for 4 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best International Feature!
Special Limited Engagement—3 Shows Only!
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.
Japan, 2021, 179 minutes, Not Rated, In Japanese, Korean, English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Indonesian, German, and Malaysian with English subtitles, Directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
“Here's the best movie you never heard of, a flat-out masterpiece from Japan that's a frontrunner to win the foreign-film Oscar and maybe pull a 'Parasite’ and compete for Best Picture. Why not? It's enthralling from first scene to last.”– Peter Travers, ABC NEWS
“It's beautiful in every conceivable way.”– Randy Myers, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
“At the simplest of its many intricate levels, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi's ‘Drive My Car’ is a masterpiece - haunting and true, melancholy and wise - inspired by another.”– Justin Chang, LOS ANGELES TIMES
“The performances are exceptional all around, but Nishijima and Miura really connect and make this three hour ride one worth taking.”– Pete Hammond, DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD DAILY
“What it is can be summed up in a word that's often used loosely but fits the case here--a masterpiece, a mysteriously enthralling creation that keeps you guessing about where it's going, then reveals its essence with astonishing clarity.”– Joe Morgenstern, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
“A rich, skillfully layered masterwork with flawless performances and a script that is a screenwriter's holy grail.”– Gregory Ellwood, THE PLAYLIST