Drive My Car (2021)


Drive My Car (2021)
Doraibu mai kâ (original title)

Nishijima Hidetoshi as a stage actor and director happily married to his playwright wife . Then one day the wife disappears.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
IMDb   N/A
Metacritic   89 %
TheMovieDb    7.3 /10
FilmAffinity   7.5 /10
Director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Writer Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Writer Haruki Murakami
Writer Takamasa Oe
Release Date
Runtime2h 49mins
Content Rating
Misaki Watari
Kôji Takatsuki
Kafuku's Wife

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 co-written and directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi. It is based on the short story of the same name by Haruki Murakami from his 2014 short story collection Men Without Women. It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival where it won three awards. It was selected as the Japanese entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards.


  • Hidetoshi Nishijima as Yūsuke Kafuku
  • Tōko Miura as Misaki Watari
  • Masaki Okada as Kōji Takatsuki
  • Reika Kirishima as Kafuku's Wife, Oto
  • Park Yoo-rim
  • Jin Daeyeon
  • Sonia Yuan


The movie was originally set in Busan, South Korea, but was changed to Hiroshima, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Drive My Car had its world premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival in competition for the Palme d'Or.

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Drive My Car holds an approval rating of 100% based on 61 reviews, with an average rating of 8.4/10. The site's critics consensus reads, "Drive My Car's imposing runtime holds a rich, patiently engrossing drama that reckons with self-acceptance and regret." According to Metacritic, which assigned a weighted average score of 89 out of 100 based on 23 critics, the film received "universal acclaim".


AwardCategoryRecipients and nomineesResultRef
2021 Cannes Film FestivalPalme d'OrDrive My CarNominated
Best ScreenplayRyusuke Hamaguchi & Takamasa OeWon
FIPRESCI PrizeDrive My CarWon
Ecumenical Jury PrizeWon
14th Asia Pacific Screen AwardsBest Feature FilmWon
Best ScreenplayRyusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa OeWon

Hamaguchi and Oe became the first Japanese to win the Best Screenplay Award at Cannes.