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Hideko no shasho-san

Mikio Naruse Japan, 1941

Karl J. Kipling's rating of the film Hideko the Bus Conductress

Oh, it's a nice, sunny movie from Mr. Grumpy! What joy, the very young Takamine Hideko conducts little bus tours of her little rural province, and everyone's quite friendly and helpful (except that money-grubbing old boss!) and all's going swimmingly, and one thinks that Naruse might actually pull off a happy movie. But then comes the ending...