Mr. Thank You

Director: Hiroshi Shimizu
Year Released: 1936
Rating: 1.0

The title bus driver - a courteous man who thanks everyone for moving out of his way - picks up and drops off various people on his way to Tokyo. It's quite explicit about the problems with poverty in Japan - a mother is forced to sell her daughter into prostitution, for example - though as a movie it's neither funny nor dramatic, as the passengers are bland and their 'arguments' even more so. I suppose it could be considered a metaphor for the 'passage of life' and the people one meets and leaves along the way, but its repetitive nature negates any potential emotional impact.