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'Drive My Car' to Hiroshima: Oscar buzz revives tourism hopes

Acclaimed film brings tourists to a small island on Inland Sea

Hidetoshi Nishijima, left, and Toko Miura in "Drive My Car," directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi.   © "Drive My Car" Production Committee

HIROSHIMA, Japan -- When the protagonist theater director in "Drive My Car" accepts a residency here to produce an Anton Chekhov play, he is given a room at an old inn with a magnificent view of the Inland Sea.

With Ryusuke Hamaguchi's critically acclaimed film now nominated for the best picture Oscar, that inn -- Kangetsu-an Shintoyo -- built at the end of the Edo period on a small island has become a quiet tourist attraction.

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