Panta Oz’s review published on Letterboxd:
A real art feast for eyes, ears and soul! The Oscar-nominated Japanese drama premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, where it won three awards. Deserved all of them if not more!
The film is co-written and directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, who based the film on Haruki Murakami's short story of the same name. Story seemed simple enough: a renowned stage actor and director Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima) and his wife have, what is seems like, a perfect relation... but there was a secret!
Story continues two years later, when the actor and director is grieving his wife's death two years prior. When he takes a job directing a production of Uncle Vanya in Hiroshima, the festival assigns a young woman named Misaki Watari (Toko Miura) to drive him around in his beloved red Saab 900.
From the first to the last scene, for almost three hours, this visually striking movie brings to life the rich work of an immaculate screenplay teeming with ideas about love, grief, betrayal and the nature of creativity.