If you’re one of those people who wants to see all the Oscar potential before the awards ceremony, you’re in luck: drive my cara limited release in theaters, coming to HBO Max on March 2, Deadline reports.
An acclaimed three-hour Japanese drama, drive my car is the kind of film that is often only relegated to the International Film category. But this year it took surprising Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture.
drive my car is a quiet film about grief and how we communicate it – to others, but also to ourselves. So if you’re looking for a heart-pounding and cathartic drama, this is the movie for you. Or maybe you just want to see someone drive around in a red Saab for a while. Actually, drive my car has something for everyone. (Personally, it was my favorite movie of 2021, and I have no problem admitting I saw this terrible drama twice.)
If you want to stream ahead of director Ryosuke Hamaguchi’s other work drive my carHBO Max’s arrival, two of his movies are available on the Criterion Channel: the excellent moody romance Asako I & II, in which a woman’s lover mysteriously disappears and reappears two years later as a completely different person (or so she thinks!); and for the more ambitious viewer there is Happy Hour, a silent dig into the friendship and life of four women in Kobe (also very good, but with a five-hour run, I recommend splitting this into multiple viewings). Hopefully the success of drive my car inspires more platforms to pick up on Hamaguchi’s earlier work.
Although the film is based on a short story by Haruki Murakami, the source material goes in a very different and more expansive direction. But if you’re curious, there are three other Haruki Murakami movie adaptations. Lee Chang-dong’s Amazing 2018 Haunting Drama Burning is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. A very melodramatic take on Norwegian wood from 2010 is currently on Tubi – not a great movie, but the costumes and Jonny Greenwood score might make it worth it for you. But alas, the very underrated Tony Takitanic doesn’t stream anywhere I can find, but if you have the resources, I’d recommend looking for a physical copy of it.
In the meantime, however, enjoy this photo of me looking towards the end of drive my car†