Los Angeles, California) [US]Mar. 28 (ANI): Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s “Drive My Car” won Best International Feature Film at the 2022 Oscars, becoming the second Japanese film to win the honor in the category formerly known as Best Film in foreign language.
It is the fifth prize awarded in Japan if we count the honorary distinctions awarded in the 1950s.
Other contenders for “Drive My Car” were “Flee” from Denmark, “The Hand of God” from Italy, Norwegian film “The Worst Person in the World” and “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom” from Bhutan .
Hamaguchi accepted the award, presented to him by “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” actor Simu Liu and comedian-actor Tiffany Haddish. The “Drive My Car” director thanked everyone after accepting the award, Deadline reported.
Speaking in English rather than through a translator as he has done for much of awards season, Hamaguchi thanked “everyone at the Academy for having us here” as well as his American distributors “for bringing Drive My Car to the United States”.
He was nearly played before cutting off the music himself and saying, “Just a moment,” adding thanks to all of his cast in attendance and those who couldn’t make it to LA, “especially Toko Miura, who drove the Saab 900 beautifully in the film.”
Hamaguchi looked like he had more to say, but skedaddle’s music swelled and he left.
Hamaguchi co-wrote and directed “Drive My Car”, based on a short story by Haruki Murakami. The drama made history on Oscar nomination day, becoming the first Japanese film to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.
Hamaguchi is only the third Japanese filmmaker to be nominated in the Best Director category and was nominated tonight for Best Adapted Screenplay. The four Oscar nominations for “Drive My Car” place Akira Kurosawa’s Ran as the most nominated Japanese film (although the latter is a French co-production).
The film tells the story of an actor-director played by Hidetoshi Nishijima, who is forced to confront the demons beneath the seemingly perfect surface of his marriage after the death of his wife. He develops a shy friendship with his young driver while directing a multilingual production of Russian playwright Anton Checkhov’s “Uncle Vanya” in Hiroshima.
“Drive My Car” began its winning streak at Cannes where it won Best Screenplay and has been on a wild ride ever since, earning top film honors from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and New York Film Critics Circle. , as well as with a myriad of awards from other organizations.
It also recently won the BAFTA for Film Not in the English Language. (ANI)