Tokyo, Jan. 9 (Jiji Press) — Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s “Drive My Car” won the US National Society of Film Critics’ Best Picture 2021 award on Saturday local time.
The film also received the company’s best screenplay award, while Hamaguchi, 43, was named best director and Hidetoshi Nishijima, 50, the film’s lead actor, was recognized as best actor.
Drive My Car, based on the short story of the same name by Japanese author Haruki Murakami, is highly acclaimed in Japan and abroad.
Hamaguchi and screenwriter Takamasa Oe won Best Screenplay for the film at the Cannes Film Festival last year.
The film is one of the nominees for best non-English language picture for the 79th Golden Globe Awards, for which the winners will be announced on Sunday local time. It was also chosen as the work representing Japan for consideration in the international feature film category of the Oscars, whose awards ceremony will take place in March.
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