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Japan celebrates the Oscar for ‘Drive My Car’ for best international film

Japan celebrates the Oscar for ‘Drive My Car’ for best international film

Japan celebrated the success of “Drive My Car”directed by Ryūsuke Hamaguchi and based on a story by the writer Haruki Murakami, after winning the second Oscar of the country’s history for best international film and accumulating multiple awards at film festivals.

“It is fantastic news that ‘Drive My Car’ has won the best foreign language film. I want to congratulate Ryusuke Hamaguchi from the bottom of my heart,” Japanese government spokesman Hirokazuno Matsuno told the media.

“Drive My Car” is the second Japanese movie, after “Okuribito” (Departures, 2008), by Yojiro Takita, to win this Oscar Award in a category in which it competed with “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom” (Bhutan); “Flee” (Denmark), “The Hand of God” (Italy) and “The Wrost Person in the World” (Norway).

The Japanese film, which since its premiere in 2021 has accumulated 90 national and international awards, among which stand out the Best Screenplay at the Cannes Festival, the Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes or the Bafta Award for Best Director, it had been nominated for four categories at this year’s Oscars.

“Drive My Car” has a script written by Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe, 43 and 41 years old, respectively, and a cast composed of actor Hidetoshi Nishijima and actress Toko Miura.

Since its premiere last August, “Drive My Car” has grossed more than $11 million globally, according to estimates from the specialized portal Box Office Mojo.

The other categories in which “Drive My Car” competed in these Oscars were the best direction, which went to Jane Campion for “The Power of the Dog”; best adapted screenplay and best film, both of which went to “CODA”. (I)

Source: Eluniverso

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