The Drive My Car soundtrack includes music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Atsushi Abe and Louis Armstrong. This info article contains spoilers for Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s 2021 movie. Check out Vague Visages’ Soundtracks of Cinema section for more music guides.
Drive My Car stars Hidetoshi Nishijima as Yūsuke Kafuku, a widower who prepares for an Uncle Vanya adaptation in Hiroshima. Tōko Miura co-stars as Misaki Watari, the protagonist’s personal chauffeur who values her driving skills. The storyline explores the friendship between the lead characters as they reflect about life, death and what keeps them moving forward. Composer Eiko Ishibashi (Mugen no jûnin: Immortal) scored the 179-minute film, which includes orchestral music and and a needle-drop tune from a legendary American jazz musician. Here’s every song in Drive My Car, an adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s 2014 short story.
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Drive My Car Soundtrack: Every Song in the 2021 Movie
- “Rondo K.485 in D Major” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart/Atsushi Abe (00:16:00): Yūsuke arrives at home. The Drive My Car soundtrack song plays as he walks towards his bedroom. Yūsuke spots Oto (Reika Kirishima) having sex with an unidentified man. The music continues as Yūsuke leaves his home.
- “String Quarter No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18-3” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart/Yuma Ito (00:30:00): Yūsuke listens to a record at home. He watches a lamprey video on YouTube. Meanwhile, Ota enjoys a drink while reading. She gets up and stops the record.
- “You’re Drivin’ Me Crazy” by Louis Armstrong (01:56:00): A record plays at a restaurant bar. Yūsuke and Kōji (Masaki Okada) have a drink together. They discuss a rehearsal interaction between Janice Chang (Sonia Yuan) and Lee Yoo-na (Park Yu-rim). Yūsuke speaks about the power of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya text as the Drive My Car soundtrack song continues.
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The Drive My Car soundtrack also includes “Danny Boy” by Atsushi Abe.
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