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Theatrical poster for Poppoya (1999)
Directed by Yasuo Furuhata[1]
Produced by Jun'ichi Shindō
Tan Takaiwa
Written by Jirō Asada (novel)
Yoshiki Iwama (screenplay)
Starring Ken Takakura
Music by

Ryoichi Kuniyoshi

Ryuichi Sakamoto
Cinematography Daisaku Kimura
Edited by Kiyoaki Saitō
Distributed by Toei Company
Release date
June 5, 1999
Running time
112 min.
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office ¥2,050,000,000 ($25,825,808)[2]

Poppoya (鉄道員, Poppoya or Tetsudōin, lit. Railroad Man) is a 1999 Japanese film directed by Yasuo Furuhata. It was Japan's submission to the 72nd Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a nominee.[3] It was chosen as Best Film at the Japan Academy Prize ceremony.[4] The film was the 3rd highest-grossing film of the year in Japan.


A railway stationmaster at a dying end-of-the-line village in Hokkaido is haunted by memories of his dead wife and daughter. When the railroad line is scheduled to be closed, he is offered a job at a hotel, but he is emotionally unable to part with his career as a railroader. His life takes a turn when he meets a young woman with an interest in trains who resembles his daughter.[5]


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  1. ^ Infobox data from 鉄道員 (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-05-16.  and Poppoya (1999) on IMDb
  2. ^ http://www.eiren.org/toukei/1999.html
  3. ^ "List of Japanese films nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film" (in Japanese). Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan. Retrieved 2008-06-22. 
  4. ^ "Awards for Poppoya (1999)" (in Japanese). Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  5. ^ based on Poppoya at AllMovie

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