MUBI to Stream Oscar- and BAFTA-Nominated Japanese Film ‘Drive My Car’
MUBI, the theatrical distributor and global movie streaming service, will release Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s critically acclaimed film, “Drive My Car”, which landed four Oscar nominations, exclusively in India. Co-written and directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, “Drive My Car” had its world premiere in competition at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, where it won Best Screenplay.
It is Japan’s official entry for Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards and was nominated for Best Picture, Director, International Feature Film and Adapted Screenplay. “Drive My Car” also won three BAFTA awards (director, non-English language film and adapted screenplay).
Adapted from the short story by Haruki Murakami, “Drive My Car” is a haunting road movie that travels the path of love, loss, acceptance and peace.
Two years after the unexpected death of his wife, Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima), a renowned actor and director, receives an offer to direct a production of Anton Chekov’s play “Uncle Vanya” at a theater festival in Hiroshima.
There he meets Misaki Watari (Toko Miura), a taciturn young woman commissioned by the festival to drive him around in her beloved red Saab 900. As the production premiere approaches, tensions rise among the cast and crew, especially between Yusuke and Koji Takatsuki. , a handsome TV star who shares an unwelcome relationship with Yusuke’s late wife.
Forced to confront painful truths lifted from his past, Yusuke begins with the help of his driver to confront the haunting mysteries his wife left behind.