Drive My Car


A stage actor and director, still unable, after two years, to cope with the loss of his beloved wife, accepts to direct Uncle Vanja at a theatre festival in Hiroshima. There he meets Misaki, an introverted young woman, appointed to drive his car.

Screenplay: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe

Cinematography: Hidetoshi Shinomiya

Editing: Azusa Yamazaki

Cast: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Toko Miura, Masaki Okada, Reika Kirishima

Producer: Teruhisa Yamamoto

Production: C&I Entertainment Inc., Culture Entertainment Co., Ltd., Bitters End, Inc.

Ryûsuke 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 “Happy Hour” premiered at Locarno and won awards at numerous film festivals. Asako I & II was selected for the competition at Cannes in 2018. He also wrote the screenplay for Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Wife of a Spy, which won the Silver Lion at Venice in 2020.

MENA Premiere


Fiction, 2021, Color, 179 min

Film Information

Japanese, Korean, English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Indonesian, German, Malaysian


Ryûsuke Hamaguchi