The nominations for “The 94th Academy Awards” were recently announced. Among the nominees was a Japanese film, “Drive My Car.”
The film received four nominations: Best Film, Best Director (Ryusuke Hamaguchi), Best Adapted Screenplay (Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe), and Best International Feature Film. This ties the record for nominations for a Japanese film, which it holds with 1985’s “Ran.”
“Drive My Car”, which was adapted from a Haruki Murakami short story, stars Hidetoshi Nishijima as Yusuke Kafuku, a stage actor and director dealing with his wife’s sudden death. While he is staging a play in Hiroshima, he is assigned a gruff, silent young woman as his chauffeur. During their time together, the two develop a connection, with secrets and confessions revealed.
The film has been a critical hit since its debut at the Cannes Film Festival, picking up a number of awards along the way.