Actor Kafuku loves two things: his wife, who is unfaithful, and driving around in his car. On his latest job a driver is assigned to him, and he reluctantly has to accept that from now on, he has become the passenger.
Based on Haruki Murakami’s short story of the same name, Drive My Car showcases Murakami's skills for describing the human condition and his quirky observations on everyday life. Kafuku leads an ordinary life, but when his wife, a brilliant screenwriter, cheats on him, Kafuku's life is turned upside down. He is also assigned a driver on his latest theater production, and can no longer do the thing he loves most, driving.
But the car rides give him more time to reflect on his life, and to get to know himself and the people around him better, including the young woman who has been assigned as his driver. The film is about this, and so much more. With a running time of almost three hours, Drive My Car deals with a wide range of themes, emotions and characters, and it is worth every minute. The film won the award for Best Screenplay at this year’s Cannes festival.
Ryusuke Hamaguchi (b. 1978) is a Japanese director and screenwriter. His film Asako I & II competed for the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, and his anthology film Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy was selected for this year’s Berlinale, where it won the Grand Jury Prize.
2021 Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
2018 Asako I & II
2015 Happy Hour
|Run time:||2h 59m|
|Screenplay:||Ryûsuke Hamaguchi , Takamasa Oe|
|Cast:||Hidetoshi Nishijima, Töko Miura, Masaki Okada, Reika Kirishima|
|Producer:||Tsuyoshi Gorô, Misaki Kawamura, Osamu Kubota, Sachio Matsushita, Yoshito Nakabe, Keiji Okumura, Akihisa Yamamoto|