Drive My Car

Drive My Car ★★★★★

I'm tired, but I'm so happy at the same time!

Being a fan of Murakami's short story, I was eager to watch this adaptation and I must say I'm truly impressed! Ryusuke Hamaguchi really manages to improve upon his source material and dive even deeper into the themes of loss, grief, and forgiveness. He also manages to create his own tone, very distinct from Murakami's extreme male gaze. And story is so complete and captivating that even after three hours I felt ready for more. By the end of the film we have so many great sequences that you feel any of them could be a perfect conclusion, and then we are surprised by one more scene, and then one more after that, and then one more - and we never ever complain, because they're all outstanding. The text is amazingly written with some verbatim passages taken from the short story that fit very well into the movie, but also with some extraordinary new content. Other aspect that deserves praise in the acting, which is exceptional. Maybe for the Western audiences it may feel difference, it is very Japanese after all. Still, it is easy to connect and recognize those superb performances by the entire cast, mainly by Hidetoshi Nishijima, Toko Miura, Reika Kirishima, Yoo-rim Park, and Sonia Yuan.

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