Drive My Car (2021)
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.
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".
|Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result||Ref|
|2021 Cannes Film Festival||Palme d'Or||Drive My Car||Nominated|
|Best Screenplay||Ryusuke Hamaguchi & Takamasa Oe||Won|
|FIPRESCI Prize||Drive My Car||Won|
|Ecumenical Jury Prize||Won|
|14th Asia Pacific Screen Awards||Best Feature Film||Won|
|Best Screenplay||Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe||Won|
Hamaguchi and Oe became the first Japanese to win the Best Screenplay Award at Cannes.