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Drive My Car Unclassified 18+

Language: Cantonese, English, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Mandarin, Tagalog with English subtitles

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Ryūsuke Hamaguchi (Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy, MIFF 2021; Asako 1 + 2, MIFF 2018) returns with another enigmatically melancholy tale of human desire, loneliness and love – one that nabbed Cannes’ Best Screenplay award.

Ageing theatre director Yūsuke is still grieving the loss of his wife two years earlier when he is asked to direct Uncle Vanya at a festival in Hiroshima. To get there, he needs someone to drive him and his red Saab 900 across the country. Misaki, a quiet twentysomething recommended by a friend, takes the wheel, and their journey through Japan slowly prompts a series of confessions from her passenger.

Based on the eponymous short story by Haruki Murakami, Hamaguchi’s Cannes Best Screenplay winner is a poignant, moody triumph that channels his previous films with its intimate focus on a slowly unfolding, ultimately reparative relationship between two seemingly mismatched people. Warm and observant, with a memorably vivid visual style that evokes Wong Kar-wai and a powerfully contained performance by Hidetoshi Nishijima as Yūsuke, Drive My Car is another unique and stunning drama from one of Japan’s master storytellers of modern relationships.

“Holding his emotions in check quite superbly, [Nishijima] is a perfect vehicle for the film's subtle exploration of the debilitating forces that grief can unleash.” – South China Morning Post

In Cinema

Wed 11 Aug 12:45 pm [11290]
Drive My Car (179 mins)
Forum
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Sun 15 Aug 3:45 pm [18521]
Drive My Car (179 mins)
Hoyts 10
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
This session is bookable on a pass

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Key Cast
Hidetoshi Nishijima, Jin Daeyeon, Masaki Okada, Park Yurim, Reika Kirishima, Toko Miura
Director
Ryūsuke Hamaguchi
Producer
Teruhisa Yamamoto
Screenwriters
Oe Takamasa, Ryūsuke Hamaguchi
Cinematographer
Shinomiya Hidetoshi
Composer
Ishibashi Eiko
Editor
Azusa Yamazaki
Format
Digital
Company Credit
Distributor: Potential Films

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