Drive My Car wins Best Non-English Film

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JCCI would like to congratulate Ryusuke Hamaguchi and his cast and crew for his 3-hour film, “Drive My Car,” winning best Non-English film at the Golden Globes yesterday. The event was held in private with the winners being announced on social media.

Based on a novel by Haruki Murakami of the same name, the film tells a story of a widowed stage actor and director, played by Hidetoshi Nishijima, who forms solace in the company of a young woman he hires as his driver.

It is a story of hope, misgivings, love, and solidarity. The characters are interwoven with those who appear in Chekhov’s play, Uncle Vanya, giving the audience a delightful meditation on what it means to live on.

Drive My Car has also won several other awards and accolades, from Best Screenplay at the 74th Cannes International Film Festival last year, and the National Society of Film Critics awarded Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Screenplay.

The original story by Haruki Murakami can be read in his short story collection, “Men Without Women” released in English in 2017.

The last time a Japanese film won a Golden Globe in that category was “Departures” directed by Yojira Takita in 2009.

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