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VNCA Film Festival Presents Hideko the Bus Conductress
VNCA Film Festival Presents Hideko the Bus Conductress

Start Date: May. 01, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM

Hideko the Bus Conductress is a 1941 Japanese film directed by Mikio Naruse and filmed primarily in Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan. Based on the short story Okomasan by Masuji Ibuse, the film is comedic and jovial, but bravely critiques the military and big business synergism of pre World War II Japan. Hideko the Bus Conductress is the last film Naruse made before Japan declared war on the United States in December of 1941. The main character Koma is played by Hideko Takamine, a famous child star and great actress. The movie title bears her name due to her fame. Koma is a beautiful teenage bus conductress working alongside a bus driver named Sonoda (Kamatari Fujiwara). To bolster business and attract customers they come up with a plan to offer tour guide commentary to the sights along their rural route. Koma and Sonoda enlist the help of Tokyo Novelist Gonji Igawa (Daijirô Natsukawa) to write Koma’s dialogue for their passengers. Unfortunately, their boss played by Yotaro Katsumi, is greedy and shady, and has his own secret plans for their bus. This event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Formby Room of the SWC/SCL on the Texas Tech University campus. For more information see www.vietnam.ttu.edu/2013filmfestival or call 806-742-9010.

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