Hideko the Bus Conductress

Hideko Takamine stars in the first of her seventeen films with Naruse, a charming, escapist comedy in which the war is, if anything, conspicuous by its absence. Filmed on location, the story follows a teenage girl who works in a country hot-springs village as a ticket-taker for a bus line that has seen better days (obviously, but not stated, due to the wartime conditions). She develops a scheme to liven up her route by turning it into a tourist line and herself into a “modern” tour guide.

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