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Can This Crime Drama Be Japan‘s ’Squid Game’?

Japan is still waiting for its Squid Game. Despite having more than twice the population, and boasting a much larger economy than Asian neighbor South Korea, the Japanese TV industry has yet to produce a high-end TV drama that travels far beyond its borders. While Japanese cinema continues to be admired — see the Oscar […]

Cara Delevingne, Brian Cox, Alyssa Milano Among Stars Attending MIPCOM Cannes

A crowd of international A-list talent will descend on the Croisette next week for Mipcom Cannes. The likes of Succession star Brian Cox, Insatiable and Charmed actress Alyssa Milano, Drive My Car breakout talent Toko Miura, and supermodel and actress Cara Delevingne will be strolling the French Riviera for the 38th edition of the international […]

‘Drive My Car’ Star Toko Miura to Debut New Event Series at MIPCOM

Toko Miura, the breakout star of Oscar winner Drive My Car, will attend next month’s MIPCOM television conference in Cannes to present the world premiere of her new event series Elpis. Miura and Elpis producer Ayumi Sano (My Dear Exes, Quartet) will introduce the premiere at the Cannes Grand Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 18, and […]

‘Drive My Car’ Wins International Critics’ Prize for Film of the Year

Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Japanese drama Drive My Car has won the FIPRESCI Grand Prix for best film of 2022, awarded by the members of the International Federation of Film Critics. Drive My Car premiered in Cannes last year, where it won best screenplay honors as well as the Cannes FIPRESCI prize, the start of an awards […]

Oscars: ‘Drive My Car’ Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi Thanks His Actors for Best International Film Win

Japanese drama Drive My Car, the favorite to win in the best international film category at the Academy Awards Sunday night, took home the statue as expected — giving Japan its first Oscar win in 14 years. The film’s writer and director Ryusûke Hamaguchi used his moment at the Dolby Theatre podium to express his […]

‘Drive My Car’ Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi on What He Kept and What He Changed From Haruki Murakami’s Original Story

Adapting the most celebrated Japanese writer of his generation, and the most globally successful to boot, is no small task. But with Drive My Car, Ryusuke Hamaguchi proves he was up to the challenge. The three-hour drama, based on a Haruki Murakami short story, is one of the biggest surprises of this year’s Oscar season […]

Oscar Nominee ‘Worst Person in the World’ Helps Revive U.S. Art House Box Office

Norway’s The Worst Person in the World has crossed the $2.7 million mark at the U.S. box office in advance of the 94th Academy Awards ceremony on March 27, where it will compete for best international feature. While that may not seem like an eye-popping gross, it is in fact a major win for the […]

Making of ‘Drive My Car’: How Ryusuke Hamaguchi Turned a Haruki Murakami Short Story Into a Three-Hour Drama About Making Art Amid Grief

In late 2019, Japanese filmmaker Ryûsuke Hamaguchi was having coffee with actress Tôko Miura in a quiet cafe in west Tokyo, discussing an ambitious new drama he was developing. Rather than holding auditions, Hamaguchi tends to cast his films simply by sitting down with actors to talk, sharing his vision for a story while getting […]

Oscars: Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s ‘Drive My Car’ Ties Record Number of Nominations for Japan

Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s moving and meditative drama Drive My Car has been the awards season sensation from overseas in 2022. On Tuesday, the film matched the record number of Oscar nominations for a Japanese title, officially landing in competition for best film, best director, best adapted screenplay (Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe) and best international […]