Arigatō-san

有りがたうさん - Arigatō-san

Mr. Thank You

DVD - 2009 | Japanese
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Follows the long and winding route of a sweet-natured bus driver. He is nicknamed Mr. Thank You for his constant exclamation to pedestrians who kindly step out of his way. His route travels from rural Izu to Tokyo. Along the way, romance, comedy and tragedy threatens his passengers.
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2009]
ISBN: 9781604651355
1604651350
9781604651386
1604651385
Branch Call Number: JAPANESE DVD ARIGATO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (76 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Mr. Thank You

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amoby
Dec 15, 2016

Would you like to take a bus through rural 1936 Japan and stop and say hello to almost everyone along the way? That's what this movie does.

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Nursebob
Sep 02, 2015

Navigating his way through the mountain passes which separate one rural stop from another a handsome young bus driver, dubbed “Mr. Thank You” due to his genial disposition, becomes involved in the daily lives of his passengers. There’s the impoverished young girl on her way to be sold (presumably) in Tokyo, the party gal looking to settle down, the old lecher whose sophisticated airs are as phoney as his gold watch, and a myriad of country folk busy with weddings, births, and burials. A simple road movie on the surface, director Hiroshi Shimizu uses humour and casual chatter to paint a colourful, if somewhat unhappy, picture of Japan as it struggles to recover from the Great Depression. Grave talk of lost jobs and wayward workers is intercut with good-natured comedy (a cigarette contest has party girl and lecher trying to blow smoke rings up each other’s backsides) and the glorious Japanese countryside continually rolls by in waves of forested hills and flowery meadows. A lighthearted ending dispels much of the underlying gloom, and Shimizu’s sense of time and place is impeccable.

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