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Yasunari Kawabata (novel)
Hiroshi Shimizu (screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 February 1936 (Japan) See more »
Mr. Thank You is the kindly young driver of a local bus traveling from poverty stricken coastal villages... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Shôsuke Agata ... Man on wake
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
Tsuruko Kumoi
Michiko Kuwano
Chieko Kyotani
Fumie Mikami ... Itinerant entertainer
Kiyoko Minakami ... Bride
Mitsuko Mito
Hiroshi Nagao
Einosuke Naka ... Peddler
Tomoko Naniwa ... Itinerant entertainer
Shigeru Ogura ... Newly-wed man
Kazuji Sakai ... Peddler
Setsuko Shinobu
Takayuki Suematsu
Eiko Takamatsu
Reikô Tani ... Doctor
Shô Tonegawa
Mayumi Tsukiji
Ken Uehara ... Arigatô-san
Toyoko Wada
Nagamasa Yamada ... Peddler
Jun Yokoyama ... Itinerant entertainer (as Bakudan Kozô)

Directed by
Hiroshi Shimizu 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Yasunari Kawabata  novel
Hiroshi Shimizu  screenplay

Original Music by
Keizô Horiuchi 
Cinematography by
Isamu Aoki 
Set Decoration by
Kotaro Inoue 
Costume Design by
Tetsuzô Shibata 
Makeup Department
Sueko Endô .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Toyojirô Nagasaki .... assistant director
Isao Numanami .... assistant director
Yasushi Sasaki .... assistant director
Sound Department
Haruo Dobashi .... sound
Kaname Hashimoto .... sound
Rokusaburô Saitô .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Takeshi Saitô .... assistant photographer
Hiroshi Sano .... gaffer
Shôsuke Yoshida .... assistant photographer
Music Department
Kinji Shinoda .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Kinzô Murata .... transportation coordinator
Hidehiro Takeuchi .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Kentarô Abe .... film development
Hidesaburô Fujioka .... title designer
Kazuo Maejima .... archivist
Toshimi Nassho .... film development
Takeo Tajiri .... stage manager

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Also Known As:
"Arigatô-san" - Japan (original title)
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78 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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5 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Slight, but pretty good, 24 May 2009
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

Nice little Japanese comedy. Mr. Thank You is a bus driver who often brings people from the country to Tokyo. As he drives along the narrow dirt roads, he profusely thanks the farmers and such who move to the side as he passes them. At one village, he picks up a 17 year old girl and her mother. The girl is being transported to Tokyo, where her mother will sell her into prostitution. It's the Great Depression, and the family can no longer afford to support her. Over the course of the trip, Mr. Thank You becomes more and more aware of the girl's sad face. The rest of the bus chat amongst themselves, drink, smoke, whatever. The film runs about 80 minutes, and, honestly, is pretty slight. The titular character and the young girl are rather dull people. A couple of the other passengers are more interesting, but they also are generic types of people (e.g., modern woman or stuffy businessman). It's funny much of the time, and well filmed. I like seeing the Japanese countryside and its people. Japanese films of every era focus way too much on just Tokyo that it's easy to forget the rest of the country.

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