PREVIEW: Drive My Car (15)

WHO’S IN IT?

Hidetoshi Nishijima (Cut), Tôko Miura (Cherry Blossom Memories), Masaki Okada (I Give My First Love to You), Reika Kirishima (Norwegian Wood), Paku Yurimu (film debut), Jin Deyon (film debut), Sonia Yuan (The Island), Satoko Abe (Child by Children), Perî Dizon (The Journey of Stars Into the Dark Night), An Fite (film debut)

WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (Touching the Skin of Eeriness), director, writer; Takamasa Oe (film debut), writer; Tsuyoshi Gorô (film debut), Misaki Kawamura (film debut), Osamu Kubota (My Darling Is A Foreigner), Sachio Matsushita (film debut), Yoshito Nakabe (film debut), Keiji Okumura (film debut), Jin Suzuki (Barairo no Bûko) and Akihisa Yamamoto (A Sparkle of Life), producers; Eiko Ishibashi (The Albino’s Trees), composer; Hidetoshi Shinomiya (Wet Woman in the Wind), cinematographer; Azusa Yamazaki (Dream of Illumination), editor

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Yusuke Kafuku (Nishijima) is a stage actor and director who suddenly finds himself widowed when his screenwriter wife Oto (Kirishima) suddenly dies. Two years later, Yusuke receives an offer to direct a play at a theatre festival in Hiroshima, and is assigned a chauffeur in the form of reticent woman Misaki (Miura), with whom Yusuke begins to confront the mystery left behind by his wife…

IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?

This endearing Japanese drama, selected as the country’s official entry for the International Feature Film Oscar at next year’s ceremony, confronts grief at its most tender, and delivers a compelling and heartfelt story as a result.

WHEN’S IT OUT?

FRIDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 2021

WHERE CAN I FIND IT?

IN CINEMAS NATIONWIDE

 

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