Rediscover: Men Without Women

Drive My Car, a film based a short story of the same name by Haruki Murakami, opens in New York on November 24 and Los Angeles on December 3. "Drive My Car" was first included in Murakami's 2014 book Men Without Women, a collection of stories about men who have lost women in their lives. "Drive My Car" follows a widowed actor who hires a chauffeur after his license is revoked for drunk driving. Kafuku, the actor, bonds with the younger female driver, Misaki, on trips around Tokyo, mainly over stories about his unfaithful late wife. Men Without Women also includes the titular tale, along with "Yesterday," "An Independent Organ," "Scheherazade," "Kino" and "Samsa in Love."

Drive My Car stars Hidetoshi Nishijima as Kafuku and Tōko Miura as Misaki. It premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, where it won three awards, including Best Screenplay. Drive My Car is the Japanese entry for Best International Feature Film at the next Academy Awards. It currently enjoys a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Watch the trailer here. Men Without Women is available from Vintage International ($16.95). --Tobias Mutter

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