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Hideko no shasho-san

Mikio Naruse Japan, 1941

waywardwaters's rating of the film Hideko the Bus Conductress

The premier Naruse-Takamine partnership is a light, charming short underlying a deceptive punch against more pertinent issues to come. In a developing world where the driver is a dog-eat-dog capitalist, old-fashioned modesty, courtesy and honesty serve no competition. Moral self-satisfaction pave the bittersweet ending, as the little engine plods on boldly towards its last course against father time.