3 Korean actors will attend the Oscars for their roles in a Japanese film

A scene from “Drive My Car” [TRIPLE PICTURES]

Actors Park Yu-rim, Jin Dae-yeon and Ahn Hwi-tae will attend the 94th Academy Awards as part of the cast of the Oscar-nominated film “Drive My Car” by Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi.

“Drive My Car” was nominated for four Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best International Feature and Best Adapted Screenplay. The film became the first Japan to be nominated for Best Picture.

The film is adapted from a 2014 short story by Haruki Murakami, one of Japan’s most renowned authors.

The story begins with the story of an actor and theater director Yusuke Kafuku (played by Hidetoshi Nishijima) and his screenwriter wife Oto (played by Reika Kirishima), who try to come to terms with the death of their young child by recounting stories to each other.

Park and Ahn portray the characters of Korean actors Lee Yoo-na and Ryu Jeong-eui who audition and are cast in the multilingual adaptation of Chekhov’s play “Uncle Vanya,” directed by Kafuku. Jin portrays Gong Yoon-soo, one of the production members of the play.

From left, actors Jin Dae-yeon, Park Yu-rim, Ahn Hwi-tae and director Ryusuke Hamaguchi pose for a photo at the 2021 Busan International Film Festival in October. [BIFF]

From left, actors Jin Dae-yeon, Park Yu-rim, Ahn Hwi-tae and director Ryusuke Hamaguchi pose for a photo at the 2021 Busan International Film Festival in October. [BIFF]

“Drive My Car” won eight awards at the 45th Japan Academy Film Prize on May 11, Best Foreign Language Film at the 27th Critics’ Choice Awards on May 13, and Best Non-English Film for the 75th British Academy Film Awards held on the same day. . It also won Best Foreign Language Film for the 79th Golden Globe Awards in January.

BY LEE JAE-LIM [[email protected]]

Marie A. Evans