Drive my Car

by Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Drive my Car


Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima), a stage actor and director is happily married to Oto (Reika Kirishima), a screenwriter. However, Oto suddenly dies after leaving behind a secret. Two years later, Kafuku, still unable to fully cope with the loss of his wife, receives an offer to direct a play at a theater festival and drives to Hiroshima with his car. There, he meets Misaki (Toko Miura), a reticent woman assigned to become his chauffeur. As they spend time together, Kafuku confronts the mystery of his wife that quietly haunts him.


Born in 1978. After graduating from the University of Tokyo, he worked in the film industry for a few years before entering the graduate film program at the Tokyo University of the Arts. His graduation film, Passion, screened at San Sebastian Film Festival in 2008 as well as Tokyo FILMeX competition. He has been constantly working on films since then. These include the Japan/Korea coproduction film The Depths (2010) screened in Tokyo FILMeX and a series of documentary Tohoku Trilogy (Sound of the Waves, Voices from the Waves and Storytellers) co-directed by Ko Sakai from 2011 to 2013. His Happy Hour premiered at Locarno and win awards at numerous film festivals. Asako I & II was selected for the competition at Cannes in 2018 and Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at Berlin in 2021. He also wrote the screenplay for Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Wife of a Spy, which won the Silver Lion at Venice in 2020.


2021: Drive my Car
2021: Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
2018: Asako I & II
2016: Heaven is Still far Away
2015: Happy Hour
2013: Touching the Skin of Eeriness
2013: Storytellers (documentary) *co-director with Ko Sakai
2013: Voice of the Waves-Kisenuma (documentary) *co-director with Ko Sakai
2013: Voice of the Waves- Shinchi Town (documentary) *co-director with Ko Sakai
2012: Intimacies
2011: Sound of Waves (documentary) *co-director with Ko Sakai
2010: The Depths
2009: I Love Thee for Good(short)
2008: Passion


Hidetoshi Nishijima - Yusuke Kafuku
Toko Miura - Misaki Watari
Masaki Okada - Koshi Takatsuki
Reika Kirishima - Oto Kafuku
Park Yurim - Lee Yoon-a
Jin Daeyeon - Yoon-su


Directed by: Ryusuke  Hamaguchi
Screenplay: Ryusuke  Hamaguchi, Oe Takamasa
Based on the novel by: Murakami Haruki
Producer: Yamamoto Teruhisa
Associate Producers: Kondo Tamon, Lee Eunkyoung
Executive Producers: Nakanishi Kazuo, Sadai Yuji
Cinematography: Shinomiya Hidetoshi
Lighting Director: Takai Taiki
Sound Operator: Kadoaki Izuta
Production Designer: Seo Hyeonsun
Set Decorator: Kagamoto Mami
Costume Designer: Koketsu Haruki
Hair & Make-up Artist: Ichikawa Haruko
Chief Assistant Directors: Watanabe Naoki, Oe Takamasa
Editor: Azusa, Yamazaki
Music: Ishibashi Eiko
Re-Recording Mixer: Nomura Miki
Korean Coordinator: Kwon Mizy
1st Assistant Directors: Kawai Hayato, Kubota Hiroki

Technical Data

International title: Drive My Car
Duration: 179 mn.
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Format: 2K
Sound: 5. 1
Year: 2021
Original language: Japanese, Korean, English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Indonesian, German, Malaysian
Country(ies) of production: Japan
Production Companies: C&I Entertainment Inc., Culture Entertainment Co., Ltd., Bitters End, Inc.
With the support of: The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan through the Japan Arts Council, J-LOD Subsidy Program for JAPAN CONTENT

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