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Mr. Thank You (1936)

Arigatô-san (original title)
Japanese film about a friendly bus driver and his passengers over the duration of one journey through the mountains to the nearest train station.

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Credited cast:
Ken Uehara ... Arigatô-san
Ryuji Ishiyama ... Gentleman with beard
Einosuke Naka ... Peddler
Michiko Kuwano
Mayumi Tsukiji
Kaoru Futaba
Reikichi Kawamura ... Villager from Tokyo
Setsuko Shinobu
Kazuji Sakai ... Peddler
Nagamasa Yamada ... Peddler
Kanji Kawahara
Kiyoshi Aono ... Old countryman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shôsuke Agata ... Man on wake
Shôtarô Fujimatsu ... Primary school student
... Primary school student
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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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Interesting look into Japan's past
14 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

This was the first movie of Shimizu Hiroshi I have watched and it left a good impression on me. The story seemed simple, but the scenes were well-executed. The film offers the viewer the chance to hop on Mr. Thank You's bus and drive through Japan's breath-taking countryside while listening to stories of people from all walks of life. It was very interesting to see how Japan looked like in the 1930s as well, far from how it looks like in modern times. All in all, a simple, lighthearted film that I would want to re-watch from time to time.


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