Drive Me to the Sea

January 20, 2012
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Introduction and Q&A with Kuniaki Yamashita, screenwriter, Hisako Cunningham, M.S. and Nozomi Terao.

A road movie like no other, Drive Me to the Sea is the story of a life-changing chance encounter between nursing student Asumi (Chihiro Otsuka) and Junichi (Yuki Ito). Through a twist of fate, they end up going together on a sentimental journey to the sea. Soon, she notices something odd about the way he walks and talks, eventually coming to the realization that the young man is autistic. Asumi’s trip will change her outlook on life in the most unexpected ways.

Followed by a reception.

2009, 103 min., in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Yoshihisa Fukuda. With Chihiro Otsuka, Yuki Ito, Taisaku Akino, Akemi Omori.

$10/$7 Japan Society members, seniors & students

Please call the Japan Society Box Office at (212) 715-1258, Mon. – Fri. 11 am – 6 pm, Weekends 11 am – 5 pm.

This screening of DRIVE ME TO THE SEA is sponsored by The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. with co-sponsorship of All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. and KPMG LLP.


Tea is provided by ITO EN (North America) Inc.

Additional support is provided by HappyDoll, Inc. and Tokyo-Frost Valley YMCA Partnership.



  • Friday, January 20, 2012
  • 7:00 pm