Such a lovely film! It has a simplicity which opens new horizons of awe and wonder in this early phase of Japanese cinema. The kind-hearted driver (Naruse's Uehara!) invests gratitude and devotion to the occupational role in the utterance of 'arigato' and graciously identifies with passengers as well as Korean immigrant workers. Shimizu thus clears the way to Being and renders the face a major ethical symbol.
When registering of MUBI, I'm surprised how many Japanese film people see which I don't know completely. So, "Mr. Thank You" is my first Simizu's film. Despite of lilting music like going to picnic, this road movie reflects severe situation that Japan falled into a poverty & just tried to give rise to a war against China or world. But at same time, this has most scrumptious & beautiful smoking scene I've ever seen.