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Trailer for Drive My Car directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Drive My Car directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi

The new trailer is here for Drive My Car, Japan’s official Oscar entry for International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards starring Hidetoshi Nishijima, Toko Miura, Masaki Okada, Reika Kirishima, Park Yurim, and Jin Daeyeon.

Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, the film premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, where it won three prizes, including Best Screenplay, Ecumenical Jury Prize, and the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize. Drive My Car opens in theaters in NY on November 24 and in LA on December 3.

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.

Watch the trailer for Drive My Car.

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