Drive My Car (Japanese:, Hepburn: Doraibu mai k) is a 2021 Japanese drama film co-written and directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi about a middle-aged theatre director’s sadness and loss following his wife’s sudden death.
It is inspired by other stories in Haruki Murakami’s 2014 collection Men Without Women and is based on his short story of the same name. The film follows Ysuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima) as he leads a multilingual production of Uncle Vanya in Hiroshima while grieving for his wife, Oto.
Drive My Car had its global premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, where it was nominated for three categories, including Best Screenplay, and competed for the Palme d’Or. The film was widely praised, with many critics hailing it as one of the best films of 2021.
At the 94th Academy Awards, it received four nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as Best International Feature Film. It is the first Japanese film to receive a Best Picture nomination. The film won Best Foreign Language Film at the 79th Golden Globe Awards.
It was the first non-English-language film to win Best Picture from all three major critics organizations in the United States (the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle, and the National Society of Film Critics).
- Ysuke Kafuku is played by Hidetoshi Nishijima.
- Misaki Watari is played by Tko Miura.
- Masaki Okada in the role of Kji Takatsuki
- Yusuke’s wife, Oto Kafuku, is played by Reika Kirishima.
- Lee Yoo-na is played by Park Yu-rim.
- Gong Yoon-soo is played by Jin Dae-yeon.
- Janice Chang is played by Sonia Yuan.
- Ryu Jeong-eui is played by Ahn Hwitae.
- Roy Lucelo is played by Perry Dizon.
- Yuhara is played by Satoko Abe.
Where Can I Watch ‘drive My Car’ Online?
On HBO Max, “Drive My Car” is now available to watch. The film is excellent.
Ad-supported ($10/month) and ad-free ($15/month) options are available.
If you want to give it a shot,
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Through your web browser or the HBO Max app, you can watch “Drive My Car” and other HBO Max content. Most cellphones, Xbox and PlayStation consoles, tablets, and smart TVs support the app. The HBO Max website has a comprehensive list of compatible devices.
Meanwhile, if you want to watch “Drive My Car” but don’t want to pay for HBO Max, don’t worry: the film is also available to rent or buy on digital platforms such as Vudu, Apple iTunes, and Amazon Prime Video. The movie is available for rent for $6, and it may be purchased in high-definition (HD) for $20.
Why Was Oto Behind Yusuke’s Back?
According to what we know from reading the story all the way to the conclusion, Oto and Yusuke had a lovely family until their daughter died of pneumonia.
It isn’t said specifically, but during one of Yusuke’s meetings with Takatsuki, it is mentioned that Oto lost her capacity to write and think about her screenplays after her daughter died.
The loss and accompanying trauma clearly had a greater impact on Oto than it did on Yusuke. She fell into deep despair, and it wasn’t until later that she realized she still had a lot of stories in her head.
The only problem is that they only appeared when she had sex, after which she had no recollection of them when she awoke.
While this doesn’t have to be the motivation for her cheating on Kafuku, there may be a nagging desire to know how the stories would have turned out if she had a different partner.
Her adultery can be attributed to the fact that she, like the majority of us, is a fundamentally flawed and broken person. A broken person is continually on the lookout for items that will help them become better. This is why she may have looked to the much younger Takatsuki for some sort of resolution and closure.