Drive My Car

I have watched this movie once. This was on .


After his wife's unexpected death, Yusuke Kafuku, a renowned stage actor and director, receives an offer to direct a production of Uncle Vanya in Hiroshima. There, he begins to face the haunting mysteries his wife left behind.

Drive My Car


Starting with a 40-minute prologue, which sets the tone for the movie. It’s sedate, full of conversations, yet intriguing with some absolutely fascinating scenes.

One scene, with storytelling combined with love-making focusing on a disinterested lover – and knowing what we know – is enchanting and heartbreaking and emotional.

There are so many scenes that have unbearable tension and the core of the story focuses on emotional trauma.

Some scenes are intensely captivating – especially the monologues of the story about the girl and her totems. There are many layers to the protagonist’s background, many are only hinted at and never fully explored – this actually adds to the intriguing nature.

It’s a long movie, just shy of three hours. There is no action and it moves at a slow pace. While this isn’t a problem for the majority of the movie, it lingers too long in the final 20 minutes.