The critically acclaimed Japanese film ‘Drive My Car’ will be streamed in India exclusively through MUBI, a global movie streaming platform, production company and film distributor, from April 1, 2022 .
Directed by Japanese filmmaker Ryusuke Hamaguchi, “Drive My Car” is the film of an aging, widowed actor who is looking for a driver. The actor turns to his favorite mechanic, who ends up recommending a 20-year-old girl. Despite their initial apprehensions, a very special relationship develops between the two.
Adapted from Haruki Murakami’s short story, “Drive My Car” is described as “a haunting road movie traveling a path of love, loss, acceptance and peace.” Co-written by Hamaguchi, it stars Hidetoshi Nishijima and Toko Miura in the lead roles.
The film follows Yusuke Kafuku (Nishijima), a renowned actor and director, who receives an offer to direct a production of Uncle Vanya at a theater festival in Hiroshima, two years after the unexpected death of his wife. There he meets Misaki Watari (Miura), a taciturn young woman commissioned by the festival to drive him around in her beloved red Saab 900.
”Drive My Car” had its world premiere in competition at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, where it won Best Screenplay. It has since been selected as Japan’s official entry for Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards, and has been nominated in three other categories: Best Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay. The film is also nominated for three BAFTA Film Awards — director, non-English film and adapted screenplay.