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.[4] It was chosen as Best Film at the Japan Academy Prize ceremony.[5] The film was the third-highest-grossing film of the year in Japan.

Theatrical poster for Poppoya (1999)
Directed byYasuo Furuhata[1]
Written byJirō Asada (novel)
Yoshiki Iwama (screenplay)
Produced byJun'ichi Shindō
Tan Takaiwa
StarringKen Takakura
CinematographyDaisaku Kimura
Edited byKiyoaki Saitō
Music byRyoichi Kuniyoshi
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Distributed byToei Company
Release date
5 June 1999
Running time
112 minutes
Box office¥3.49 billion[2] ($30.6 million)[3]


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.[6]


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  1. ^ Infobox data from 鉄道員 (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 16 May 2009. and Poppoya (1999) at IMDb
  2. ^ "邦画興行収入ランキング". SF MOVIE DataBank (in Japanese). General Works. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Official exchange rate (LCU per US$, period average) - Japan". World Bank. 1999. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  4. ^ "List of Japanese films nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film" (in Japanese). Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan. Retrieved 22 June 2008.
  5. ^ "Awards for Poppoya (1999)" (in Japanese). Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  6. ^ based on Poppoya at AllMovie

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