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Drive My Car

Hamaguchi Ryusuke
Japan 2021
179 min
OV w/ EN subtitles

2021 has been an annus mirabilis for Ryusuke Hamaguchi, who has premiered two feature films, both very different, both equally masterly. After the thematically connected triptych of WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY, Hamaguchi delves into more expansively novelistic territory, although the source is a short story by Haruki Murakami.
An extended preface introduces us to a Tokyo couple, actor and director Yusuke and screenwriter Oto, whose penchant for erotic storytelling hints at possibilities that will continue to trouble Yusuke. Two years later, he arrives in Hiroshima to direct Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya at a theatre festival and is assigned a young woman named Misaki as his driver. After a troubled rehearsal process and Yusuke’s problems with a troublesome young actor, Yusuke and the initially reserved Misaki begin to communicate.
A three-hour running time allows Hamaguchi to unspool a subtly, densely patterned narrative to maximum effect, with Chekhov’s drama subliminally resonating as a background subtext. Quietly moving, intellectually involving, DRIVE MY CAR is arguably the most mature and most elegant drama of 2021. (Jonathan Romney)

Ryūsuke Hamaguchi: SOLARIS (2007), PASSION (2008), THE DEPTHS (2010), SHINMITSUSA (2012), TOUCHING THE SKIN OF EERINESS (2013), HAPPY HOUR (2015), ASAKO I & II (2018), WIFE OF A SPY (2020), WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY (2021)

  • Nishijima Hidetoshi - Yusuke
  • Miura Toko - Misaki
  • Kirishima Reika - Oto
  • Park Yoo-rim
  • Jin Dae-Young
  • Sonia Yuan
  • Hamaguchi Ryusuke
  • Takamasa Oe
  • based on a novel by Murakami Haruki
  • Shinomiya Hidetoshi
  • Izuta Renmei
  • Yamazaki Azusa
  • Ishibashi Eiko
  • Kagamoto Asami
Bitters End, C&I Entertainment, Culture Entertainment

The Match Factory

Polyfilm Verleih
Fri 29 Oct
Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus
OV w/ EN subtitles
Sun 31 Oct
Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus
OV w/ EN subtitles
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