Mr Thank You (Arigato-san)

  • Dir: Shimizu Hiroshi

  • Japan, 1936, Japanese, 75min, 35mm, English subtitle

  • Cast: Uehara Ken, Kuwano Michiko

Arigato! The chivalrous driver’s heart-warming thank-yous offer solace for people trying to manage through hardship and misery in depression-era Japan. Through the long and winding road of scenic mountain and seashore from rural Izu to Tokyo, Shimizu fills the rickety bus with humor, music and fluid point-of-view traveling shots of an expansive human drama in vignettes based around the interactions between drifting passengers. At once cheerful, romantic and grave, with a subtle yet stark sociopolitical undercurrent that gives the film a real poignancy.

Seminar on Kawabata Yasunari Film Adaptations
Date: 6.4.2019 (SAT)
Time: 3:45pm (After the screening of Mr Thank You)
Venue: Hong Kong Arts Centre Louis Koo Cinema
Speaker: Thomas Shin, Kiki Fung
Conducted in Cantonese. Free admission

Screening:

Note

1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

2. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till one hour prior to respective screenings. Door ticket counter opens 30 minutes before the screening. Limited tickets to non-sold out screenings will be available at the door, subject to availability (Cash Only).

3. While it is the HKIFF’s policy to secure the best possible print of the original version for all its screenings, HKIFF will appreciate its patrons’ understanding on occasions when less than perfect screening copies are screened.