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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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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Riding The Bus, 5 April 2009
Author: crossbow0106 from United States

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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