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‘Drive My Car’ Oscar win elates Japan, stokes hopes for Murakami

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‘Drive My Car’ Oscar win elates Japan, stokes hopes for Murakami

The film, an adaptation of a Haruki Murakami story, won Best International Feature at the Academy Awards

Irene Wang and Elaine Lies

From Tokyo streets to the highest levels of government, Japan on Monday cheered the Oscar win of Drive My Car amid hopes it will raise the profile of Haruki Murakami, the perennial Nobel Prize hopeful who penned the story on which the film was based.

The three-hour drama, the story of a widowed theatre actor grappling with his past, was directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi and based on a short story by Murakami, the international bestselling author whose name has arisen annually for more than a decade as a potential Nobel Literature Prize winner.

The film, which has garnered other prizes 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 had also been nominated for Best Picture — ultimately won by CODA...

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