Ryusuke Hamaguchi
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Japan
2022

Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Ryusuke
Hamaguchi

Hamaguchi became an unlikely cinematic sensation with “Drive My Car,” a three-hour movie about sexual infidelity, love and loss centering on an actor-director (Hidetoshi Nishijima) mounting a multilingual production of Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” in Hiroshima who’s assigned a young female driver (Tôko Miura) to ferry him about town. It garnered four Oscar nominations in 2022, including best director and best adapted screenplay nods for Hamaguchi and Japan’s first ever for best picture, winning for best international feature. As long as that film is,  
it’s short compared with his 2015 international breakthrough “Passion,” a five-hour-plus drama influenced by the improvisational naturalism of director John Cassa­vetes. In 2021, he released “Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy,” a relatively short (two-hour) drama partially shot on a  
pandemic-mandated break while making “Drive My Car.”  

Career

  • ASAKO I & II
  • WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY
  • DRIVE MY CAR

Education

  • University of Tokyo (Japan)
  • Tokyo University of the Arts (Japan)

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