Because we love Haruki Murakami at Lit Hub, I thought I’d write a quick post to let you know that Drive My Car, Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s beautiful and sharp adaptation of the Murakami short story, will be available to stream on HBOMax starting on March 2nd.
The film has already racked up four Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture, making it the most-nominated film from Japan ever; it’s won Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes, been selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and won three awards at Cannes including Best Screenplay. It’s also the first non-English-language film of only six films to Best Picture from all three major U.S. critics groups (the others: Goodfellas, Schindler’s List, L.A. Confidential, The Social Network, The Hurt Locker). And, Murakami himself loved the adaptation: upon viewing the film, Murakami said “he was not sure which portions he had written—which came from his original work and which hadn’t.” Don’t take my word for it: Drive My Car is very good. And come March 2, you’ll be able to watch it in your own home.