What a year it has been for cinema…
There really has been something for everyone, with tastes No time to die, A quiet place: part II, Dune, Spencer, The card counter, The green knight, The suicide squad, and many other efforts that delighted the public.
However, we’ve reached the point where moviegoers are desperately trying to grab the gems they’ve been missing out on before compiling their “best of” lists.
Fans of Japanese cinema will say that no list would be complete without first witnessing the latest news from director Ryusuke Hamaguchi.
With that in mind, let’s see where to look at Drive My Car.
Where to watch Drive my car
Drive My Car received a UK theatrical release on Friday, November 19, 2021, and hit the US theaters on Wednesday, November 24.
So, cinemas are the only place to experience Drive My Car at the moment.
It will likely arrive to stream as a rental as soon as the theater window closes, so we can perhaps expect it on Amazon Video and iTunes as early as late December 2021.
It’s a Japanese movie, so you might not find it in your local multiplex. However, most art houses offer tours.
As for what to expect, it is based on the short story of the same name by Haruki Murakami and follows a widowed actor looking for a qualified driver to drive him here, there, and everywhere.
He finds himself in a relationship with a 20-year-old girl and is initially skeptical. However, as the couple begin to speak, a touching friendship blossoms between the two.
It serves as an emotional exploration of themes such as loss, grief, relationships, etc. it was even selected as Japan’s entry for the upcoming Oscars in the Best International Feature Film category.
Who is in the cast of Drive My Car?
The film has a pretty formidable central cast, so let’s highlight their respective names and roles below:
- Hidetoshi Nishijima as Yūsuke Kafuku
- Tōko Miura as Misaki Watari
- Masaki Okada as Kōji Takatsuki
- Reika Kirishima as Kafuku’s Wife, Oto
- Park Yoo-rim as Lee Yoon-a
- Jin Daeyeon as Kon Yoon-su
- Sonia Yuan as Janice Chan
- Satoko Abe as Yuhara
“What is acting? “
During a conversation with Reverse Shot, director Ryusuke Hamaguchi was asked what prompted him to adapt the short story for the screen. Was his eagerness thematic or visual?
“Both. Certainly visually, for the simple fact that so much of the story takes place in a moving car, I was interested. Whether it was Wenders or Kiarostami, the movies that take place in cars, with things that move through the windows, I like a lot.
He continues: “Thematically, I was interested in a central question at the center of the story: what is to act? This is a question that has interested me for a long time, which made it easier for me to approach the story as a whole.
Drive My Car is now in theaters.
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