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Theatrical poster for Poppoya (1999)
Directed byYasuo Furuhata[1]
Produced byJun'ichi Shindō
Tan Takaiwa
Written byJirō Asada (novel)
Yoshiki Iwama (screenplay)
StarringKen Takakura
Music byRyoichi Kuniyoshi, Ryuichi Sakamoto
CinematographyDaisaku Kimura
Edited byKiyoaki Saitō
Distributed byToei Company
Release date
5 June 1999
Running time
112 minutes
Box office¥2,050,000,000 ($25,825,808)[2]

Poppoya (鉄道員, Poppoya / Tetsudōin, "Railwayman") 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 third-highest-grossing film of the year in Japan.


A railway station master at a dying end-of-the-line village in Hokkaido is haunted by memories of his dead wife and daughter. When the line serving the village is scheduled for closure, an erstwhile colleague offers him a job at a resort hotel, but he is emotionally unable to part with his career as a railwayman. 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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