Japan applauds Oscar drive for ‘Drive My Car’ and expects Murakami’s profile to rise

Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi won the Oscar for Best International Feature Film for Japan’s “Drive My Car” in the Photography Room during the 94th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. UU., March 27, 2022. REUTERS / Mario Anzuoni

March 28, 2022

By Irene Wang and Elaine Lies

TOKYO (Reuters) – From the streets of Tokyo to the highest levels of government, Japan on Monday applauded the victory of the Oscar for “Drive My Car” in the hope that it will raise the profile of Haruki Murakami, the perennial Nobel laureate who he wrote the story on which the film was based.

The three-hour drama, the story of a widowed theater actor struggling with his past, was directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi and based on a short story by Murakami, the best-selling author whose name rises annually for more than a decade as a Nobel laureate. . Winner of the Literature Prize.

The film, which won other awards, including a screenplay award at Cannes, became Japan’s second regular winner in the international feature film category and the first since “Departures” in 2009. In a first, it was also nominated for “Best Picture”. – finally won “CODA”.

“It’s a big hurdle for a Japanese film to win the best film, but I hope more Japanese films are recognized in the future,” said Azusa Shimizu, a 31-year-old media worker in central Tokyo. It was pretty quiet. happy.

Others were more effusive.

“Given that the pillar of the Academy Awards is American films, I am very happy that a Japanese film could win this prestigious award,” said Osamu Kaneko, 60, who was watching movie posters in central Tokyo.

Regularly hired cabinet chief secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said in a regularly scheduled press conference that the victory was “very exciting news”, while Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said in a statement that part of the film’s charm was undoubtedly his configuration in its own Hiroshima constituency.

“I would like to take this opportunity as an opportunity to strengthen support for cultural and artistic activities that are the source of soft power and spread Japanese culture to the world,” he added.

Others hoped Murakami would benefit from the award.

“Haruki Murakami is a writer who has shown Japan to the world and has been mentioned as a Nobel nominee many times without actually winning,” said Hiroshi Hattori, 65.

“I think it would be great if this film helped spread its name and its works even further.”

(Additional report by Mariko Katsumura; Edited by Stephen Coates)

Japan applauds Oscar drive for ‘Drive My Car’ and expects Murakami’s profile to rise

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