Hiroshi Shimizu

Mr. Thank You

Mr. Thank You

Hiroshi Shimizu’s endearing road movie follows the long and winding route of a sweet-natured bus driver—nicknamed Mr. Thank You for his constant exclamation to pedestrians who kindly step out of his way—traveling from rural Izu to Tokyo. Romance and comedy occur, and tragedy threatens his passengers, a virtual microcosm of depression-era Japan.

Film Info

Available In

Collector's Set

Eclipse Series 15: Travels with Hiroshi Shimizu

Travels with Hiroshi Shimizu

DVD Box Set

4 Discs


Mr. Thank You
Ken Uehara
Mr. Thank You
Michiko Kuwano
Woman in black collar
Mayumi Tsukiji
Girl being sold
Kaoru Futaba
Girl's mother
Setsuko Shinobu
Daughter of man who returned from Tokyo
Ryuji Ishiyama
Gentleman with beard
Hiroshi Shimizu
Hiroshi Shimizu
Isamu Aoki
Keizo Horiuchi
Haruo Dobashi
Kaname Hashimoto
Based on the story “Arigato” by
Yasunari Kawabata

From The Current

Eclipse Series 15:Travels with Hiroshi Shimizu

JAPANESE GIRLS AT THE HARBOR: MAN OF THE PEOPLE It’s a fitting irony that director Hiroshi Shimizu preferred to make films about outsiders, since within the expanse of Japanese cinema history, he has been something of an outsider himself. Coming of…

By Michael Koresky


A special Thanksgiving message from the Criterion Collection:

Shining a Light on Shimizu

Dave Kehr heralds the rediscovery of “the oceanic depth and diversity of Japanese cinema” in recent years, “thanks in no small part to home video,” in a lovely New York Times piece on the latest example of that, Eclipse Series 15: Travels wit…