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Hideko no shasho-san

Mikio Naruse Japan, 1941

Holyphool's rating of the film Hideko the Bus Conductress

Inhabiting the hot summer world of dusty roads, small villages with mountains hazy in the background, Naruse's magical, charming and quite devastating social satire comedy introduces Hideko Takamine in her first Naruse collaboration, as she, bus driver, and a writer try to win over more business with local commentary about the area. It echoes Shimizu's "Arigato-san," but has a peacefulness and warmth all of its own.