Best Picture Oscar-nominated Japanese film ‘Drive My Car’ is now available to stream on HBO Max

Japanese director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s Oscar-nominated “Drive My Car” is now available to stream on HBO Max.

“Drive My Car,” an adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s (“IQ84”) famous short story of the same name, tells the story of a widowed actor and theater director Yusuke Kafuku (played by Hidetoshi Nishijima) who is still grieving the death of his beloved wife.

When a theater company hires her for their new production, they offer a driver as part of their contract. The rental is a young woman named Misaki Watari (played by Toko Miura), who recently lost her mother. The two end up bonding as they are forced to spend time together for work.

Directed by Japanese filmmakerRyûsuke Hamaguchi, the three-hour feature film was released in the United States in November and was appointed this year for the same four prestigious Oscar categories that the South Korean film “Parasite” was back in 2020.

In one maintenance with The New York Times, Hamaguchi credited “Parasite” with “[pushing] open this very heavy door which had remained closed.

Longtime fan of Hamaguchi’s work, ‘Parasite’ director Bong Joon-ho describe Hamaguchi as “very intense in its approach to the characters, very focused” and “never” rushed, leading to great “emotional impact”.

Not only does “Drive My Car” have the potential to make history as the first Japanese film to receive a Best Picture Oscar later this month, it would make it the second Asian film to win the category in less than a decade. This would perhaps mark a new era for the status of Asian images at the Academy.

“Drive My Car” is available to stream on HBO Max.

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