Drive My Car

Drive My Car

Original Name: Doraibu Mai Kâ
English Name: Drive My Car
Year: 2021
Run Time: 179 Min
Language: Japanese, Korean, English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Indonesian, German, Malaysian
Type (Colour/ Black & White): Colour
Country: Japan
Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Producer: Yamamoto Teruhisa
Cast: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Toko Miura, Masaki Okada, Reika Kirishima
Screenplay: Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Oe Takamasa
Cinematographer: Shinomiya Hidetoshi
Editor: Azusa Yamazaki
Sound Designer: Kadoaki Izuta
Music Composer: Ishibashi Eiko
Costume Designer: Haruki Koketsu
Production Designer: Seo Hyeon-Seon
Production Company: C&I Entertainment Inc., Culture Entertainment Co., Ltd., Bitters End, Inc.
World Sales: Mubi


  • Cannes FF 2021
  • Toronto IFF 2021
  • San Sebastián IFF 2021
  • Chicago IFF 2021
  • Palm Springs IFF 2022

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2018 Asako I & II
  • 2015 Happy Hour
  • 2012 Intimacies
  • 2011 Sound of Waves
  • 2010 The Depths
  • 2008 Passion

Director’s Biography:

Ryusuke Hamaguchi

After graduating from the University of Tokyo, he worked in the film industry for a few years before entering the graduate film programme at the Tokyo University of the Arts. His graduation film, Passion, screened at San Sebastian Film Festival in 2008. His 317-minute opus Happy Hour premiered at Locarno FF and went on to screen and win awards at numerous film festivals. Asako I & II was selected for the competition at Cannes FF in 2018. He also wrote the screenplay for Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Wife of a Spy, which won the Silver Lion at Venice FF in 2020.


Yusuke Kafuku, a stage actor and director is happily married to Oto, 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 theatre festival and drives to Hiroshima with his car. There, he meets Misaki, a reticent woman assigned to become his chauffeur. As they spend time together, Kafuku confronts the mystery of his wife that quietly haunts him.