Drive My Car Releases on HBO, Japan’s First Film to be Nominated for Best Picture Oscar


Drive My Car has become one of the most discussed films after successfully competing at the 2022 Oscars. Even the Japanese film was included in the Best Picture category and beat Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Now audiences around the world can see the film after Warnermedia OneFifty acquired Drive My Car to premiere on HBO Max on March 2, 2022.

“As WarnerMedia’s ‘artist studio where innovation happens’, OneFifty has built a track record of identifying outstanding artists whose vision we believe in, and acquiring their exceptional and innovative content.

Drive My Car became the first Japanese film to win the most prestigious category at the Oscars. In addition, they also received other nominations, namely Directing, International Feature Film, and Adapted Screenplay.

In the Best Picture category, they had to compete with films such as Belfast, CODA, Don’t Look Up, Dune, King Richard, Licorice Pizza, Nightmare Alley, The Power of the Dog and West Side Story.

The film, directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi who also co-wrote the screenplay with Takamasa Oe, was adapted from the short story of the same name by Haruki Murakami.

This film is about Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima), a famous stage actor and director. Several years after he lost his wife, he accepted an offer to direct a production at a theater festival in Hiroshima.

There, he assigns a driver named Misaki Watari (Miura Shop). Together, the two begin to unravel the mystery that his wife left behind.