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Hideko no shasho-san

Mikio Naruse Japan, 1941

Patlabor's rating of the film Hideko the Bus Conductress

A film that starts off with a cheery and bright disposition but gradually deepens as a driver and a conductress (Takamine) try to improve their service by implementing minor changes only to ultimately shoot themselves in the foot. It contains some pertinent, yet surprising, commentary about a mindset of a warlike nation.