The bus route is from the countryside to Tokyo city and the driver is the kindest one on the route. Hence the passengers name him Arigato-san (Ken Uehara). The movie is a bus ride with travelers that come and go plus a few that stay for the whole trip. Slivers of their stories seep out during the journey and Arigato-san ensures that harmony is prevalent. The film is cloaked in good humor but there is an under current of the tough time Japan is going through. Directed by Hiroshi Shimizu who is known as an underrate Ozu with an expansive outlook for his movies.
Rating: * *