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Railroad Man (1999)

Poppoya (original title)
A solitary middle-aged station manager is haunted by troubling memories of his past when he learns the line his station is on will be decommissioned for lack of profitability. He is visited... See full summary »

Director:

Yasuo Furuhata

Writers:

Jirô Asada (novel), Yoshiki Iwama
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ken Takakura ... Otomatsu Sato
Shinobu Ôtake Shinobu Ôtake ... Shizue Sato
Ryôko Hirosue ... Yukiko Sato
Hidetaka Yoshioka Hidetaka Yoshioka ... Hideo Sugiura
Masanobu Andô ... Toshiyuki Yoshioka
Ken Shimura Ken Shimura ... Hajime Yoshioka
Tomoko Naraoka Tomoko Naraoka ... Mune Kato
Yoshiko Tanaka Yoshiko Tanaka ... Akiko Sugiura
Nenji Kobayashi Nenji Kobayashi ... Senji Sugiura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eiji Bandô Eiji Bandô ... Mailman
Mitsuru Hirata Mitsuru Hirata ... Kawaguchi
Hirotarô Honda Hirotarô Honda ... Miner
Renji Ishibashi ... Town Mayor
Kitarô Kitarô ... Milkman
Shigeo Kobayashi Shigeo Kobayashi ... Motorman
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A solitary middle-aged station manager is haunted by troubling memories of his past when he learns the line his station is on will be decommissioned for lack of profitability. He is visited by a young woman, who mysteriously appears to cheer him up.

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Taglines:

Arigatou- Kono omoi todoku darouka.

Genres:

Drama

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Official Sites:

Toei Group (in Japanese)

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

5 June 1999 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Railroad Man See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 72nd Academy Awards in 2000. See more »

Quotes

Otomatsu Sato: This town is more like an old people's home.
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Tennessee Waltz
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So moving, it hurts...
6 January 2000 | by yukino_yoshiSee all my reviews

A real touching film based on an equally moving short story. So much that it actually hurts. I just couldn't hold my tears back towards the end of the film, and I doubt those who appreciate this wonderful movie can either. Yes, it's a tear-jerker, but unlike love stories (and this isn't one) it's the poignance behind one man's stoicism -- that of a man who's not just about to be brush aside by progress, but also tormented by his guilt over the death of his wife and daughter -- that makes it heart-warming yet sad at the same time. Kudos to Yasuo Furuhata for staying faithful to Jiro Asada's story, and Ken Takakura for a stirring performance as the aging station manager.

This film will probably haunt me again the next time I take a train-ride through the snow.


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