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Mr. Thank You (1936)
"Arigatô-san" (original title)

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Mr. Thank You is the kindly young driver of a local bus traveling from poverty stricken coastal villages, over the mountains, to the town. He thanks everybody when they let his bus pass on ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Shôsuke Agata ...
Kiyoshi Aono ...
Old countryman
Shôtarô Fujimatsu ...
Primary school student
Kaoru Futaba
Masao Hayama ...
Primary school student
Yoshitarô Iijima ...
Primary school student
Tsuruhiko Ikebe ...
Pharmacist
Takashi Ishiyama ...
Gentleman with beard
Mitsuyoshi Kanai ...
Old villager
Shiro Katsuragi ...
Groom
Kanji Kawahara
Kimie Kawai ...
Newly-wed woman
Reikichi Kawamura ...
Villager fromTokyo
Masae Koike ...
Itinerant entertainer
Yoshiko Kuhara ...
Korean woman
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Mr. Thank You is the kindly young driver of a local bus traveling from poverty stricken coastal villages, over the mountains, to the town. He thanks everybody when they let his bus pass on the narrow road. Among the passengers is a worldly young woman, who flirts with the driver while trying to put the villagers in their place. There is also an embarrassed mother who is taking her virginal daughter to the train station to be sent to Tokyo, presumably to be sold. Written by Will Gilbert

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Riding The Bus
5 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a simple premise about a bus driver dubbed Mr. Thank You because he always thanks people when they move to the side of the road to let him pass. Everyone he knows likes him and many say thank you back. This story is mainly about the people who get on the bus headed to a train. One is a mother and daughter, the mother only going so far to say goodbye to her daughter who is presumably being sold (this was the Great Depression, when things like that happened). There is a mix of people on the bus with different reasons for being there and they forge a relationship one might have if they were all going on a bus tour. You see some of the countryside of Japan, some of which is pretty even in black and white. It was a grim time for the world then and this film, while having a bit of light comedy, also has some sadness. As the film went on, I was more interested. Mr. Shimizu, as far as I'm concerned, can be mentioned in the same breath of the titans of Japanese film, like Kurosawa, Ozu, Mizoguchi and Naruse, as well as others. If you're interested in Japanese film, you owe it to yourself to buy the box set that has this film, which was just received domestically. Mr. Shimizu was very adept at capturing everyday people as they were living their lives. This is a triumph.


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