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Railroad Man (DVD) (Japan Version)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.1 out of 10 (7)

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Directed by Furuhata Yasuo, the 1999 classic Poppoya - Railroad Man swept the top prizes including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress at the 23rd Japan Academy Awards. The late, great Takakura Ken delivers one of the greatest performances of his career as an aged railway worker looking back on his life in this elegiac character study based on a novel by Asada Jiro.

Lonely stationmaster Sato Otomatsu (Takakura Ken) has spent much of his life managing the train station at the sleepy mountain mining town of Horomai in Hokkaido. As Sato nears retirement, he learns that his branch line, which has been unprofitable for years, will also be closing down. The news triggers his memories of a lifetime devoted to work, and the sacrifices and regrets made along the way in regards to his family. Sato finds life changing in unexpected ways when a girl (Hirosue Ryoko) who is interested in trains and reminds him of his late daughter appears.

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Product Title: Railroad Man (DVD) (Japan Version) 鐵道員 (日本版) 铁道员 (日本版) 鉄道員 Railroad Man (DVD) (Japan Version)
Also known as: Poppoya Poppoya Poppoya Poppoya Poppoya
Artist Name(s): Hirosue Ryoko | Takakura Ken (Actor) | Otake Shinobu (Actor) | Kobayashi Nenji (Actor) | Furuhata Yasuo | Kimura Daisaku | Kiyoaki Saito | Katsuhiro Fukuzawa 廣末涼子 | 高倉健 (Actor) | 大竹忍 (Actor) | 小林稔侍 (Actor) | 降旗康男 | 木村大作 | 西東清明 | 福澤勝廣 广末凉子 | 高仓 健 (Actor) | 大竹忍 (Actor) | 小林稔侍 (Actor) | 降旗康男 | 木村大作 | 西东清明 | 福泽胜广 広末涼子 | 高倉健 (Actor) | 大竹しのぶ (Actor) | 小林稔侍 (Actor) | 降旗康男 | 木村大作 | 西東清明 | 福澤勝広 Hirosue Ryoko | Takakura Ken (Actor) | Otake Shinobu (Actor) | Kobayashi Nenji (Actor) | Furuhata Yasuo | Kimura Daisaku | Kiyoaki Saito | Katsuhiro Fukuzawa
Director: Furuhata Yasuo 降旗康男 降旗康男 降旗康男 Furuhata Yasuo
Publisher Product Code: DSTD-2001
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Japanese
Place of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1001847390

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This film has won 9 award(s) and received 4 award nomination(s).
  • Japan Academy Prize 2000
    • Picture of the Year Winner
    • Director of the Year Winner, Furuhata Yasuo
    • Screen Play of the Year Winner, Furuhata Yasuo
    • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Winner, Takakura Ken
    • Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Winner, Otake Shinobu
    • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Winner, Kobayashi Nenji
    • Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Nomination, Hirosue Ryoko
    • Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Winner
    • Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing Nomination
    • Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction Nomination
    • Outstanding Achievement in Music Nomination
    • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Recording Winner
    • Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction Winner
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Customer Review of "Railroad Man (DVD) (Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.1 out of 10 (7)

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February 16, 2006

This customer review refers to Poppoya - Railroad Man (1999) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Takakura Ken and his Train Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
A man, his trains and his beloved family.
I can't think of anyone else who can better play
the man other than Takakura Ken. He was perfection.
The deep snow and a solitary man waiving his sign
for his train will stay with you as long as
you love movies.
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May 25, 2005

This customer review refers to Poppoya - Railroad Man
best of drama movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I have seen this movie many years ago in Bangkok film festival. I just happen to know that it's on market, so I don't hesitate to buy to my collections.

I never cried this much in any movie, so impressive.
Everybody in the theater came out with very red eyes.
The story just flows slowly but overwhelmly in the audiences'hearts.
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October 18, 2002

This customer review refers to PoPPoYa (Korean Version)
Good movie Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Beautiful scenery, good cinematography. Non-Asians might not get the story, might think it's boring, even ridiculous the way the guy carries on everyday.
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September 17, 2002

This customer review refers to Poppoya - Railroad Man
A sentimental fairy tale Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
Stationmaster Sato, the railway man, or "Poppoya," once engineered the thundering coal trains that ran the line. But the mine has closed, the town is dying. His role has been reduced to standing guard over an empty platform and punctually greeting the one remaining diesel trolley, whose only passengers are often the engineers changing shifts. These details are not laden with overt political commentary. They are merely life's uncaring inevitabilities.

Instead, the pathos is played out against the stark beauty of Japan's Snow Country. This is a classic example of awa're, the beauty and poignancy that accompany a deep sense of loss. The stoical Sato, played by the famously stoical Ken Takakura, is a modern Job, who now looks back on a life filled with loss--not just the loss of the town and his job, but his daughter and wife as well. But unlike Job he does not curse fate or God, nor does he indulge in self-pity. A greater family of friends has grown up around him. We can believe the resolute Sato when he claims that he will leave this life with "no regrets."

It is at this point that director Yasuo Furuhata, working from the novel by Jiro Asada, transcends bathos with a touching and sentimental adaptation of the fairy tale of the Snow Woman, the Yuki Onna. There is no lack of foreshadowing, though it is done so quietly that you may not notice until Sato does. In the end, he realizes the Snow Child's identity, and so, according to the tale, the snow must reclaim him. Yet not unwillingly, and not before she has shown him what can bloom when winter finally yields to the warmth of human affection.
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August 7, 2002

This customer review refers to Poppoya - Railroad Man (1999) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
a great movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
It was a great movie for those who like to see a real Japanese man's character. I would recommend this movie to those who want to find a good role model for themselves. The main character had a stong personal character. I'm sorry for the fans of Hirosue Ryoko. You'll be asking when she will appears, but if you do that you won't enjoy the movie. Although I could only say that Hirosue san had made a very strong pressure of feelings because of her appearance in the role she had in the movie. Hirosue san was great. Her act to pretended so mysterious was too good to attracted the main character to loose his stubborness. This is another great one that I ever saw.
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