Regardless, the movie has already made history by becoming the first Japanese film to land a nomination for the top prize, with Hamaguchi becoming the third Japanese director to earn a nod for Best Director.
Drive My Car has been raking up prizes and receiving numerous praises from viewers and critics alike. And with that, more are curious to see Hamaguchi’s other movies. If you want to check out the director’s other work ahead of the Oscars race, we’ve rounded up six of his other films to add to your watchlist.
Passion is Hamaguchi’s graduation film project and follows a young couple who announces their wedding at a party with friends. The reaction isn’t what they expected. Tension rises to the surface in the following days.
The 115-minute project was selected for competition at the 2008 Tokyo Filmex, a film festival co-founded by leading Japanese actor and filmmaker Takeshi Kitano.