— New Yorker
Named Best Picture of 2021 by the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
Winner of Best Screenplay at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.
Two years after his wife’s unexpected death, Yusuke Kafuku, a renowned stage actor and director, receives an offer to direct a production of Uncle Vanya at a theater festival in Hiroshima. There, he meets Misaki Watari, a taciturn young woman assigned by the festival to chauffeur him in his beloved red Saab 900. As the production’s premiere approaches, tensions mount amongst the cast and crew, not least between Yusuke and Koji Takatsuki, a handsome TV star who shares an unwelcome connection to Yusuke’s late wife. Forced to confront painful truths raised from his past, Yusuke begins — with the help of his driver — to face the haunting mysteries his wife left behind. Adapted from Haruki Murakami’s short story.
Starring: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Toko Miura
Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Runtime: 179 minutes
Genre: Drama, Festival Favorite, Subtitled
Language: In Japanese with English subtitles