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Railroad Man (1999)
"Poppoya" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  5 June 1999 (Japan)
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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... See full summary »

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Otomatsu Sato
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Shizue Sato
Ryôko Hirosue ...
Yukiko Sato
Hidetaka Yoshioka ...
Hideo Sugiura
Masanobu Andô ...
Toshiyuki Yoshioka
Ken Shimura ...
Hajime Yoshioka
Tomoko Naraoka ...
Mune Kato
Yoshiko Tanaka ...
Akiko Sugiura
Nenji Kobayashi ...
Senji Sugiura
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Shigeo Kobayashi ...
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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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Arigatou- Kono omoi todoku darouka.

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Horomai is a fictional train station. Scenes were actually filmed at Ikutora Station, in Sorachi sub-prefecture, Hokkaido. See more »

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Otomatsu Sato: This town is more like an old people's home.
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So moving, it hurts...
6 January 2000 | by (Singapore) – See 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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