Poppoya 1999
Otomatsu Sato has spent his life in service to the railway. Like his father before him who believed the key to the modernisation of Japan after its defeat in the second world war was in its transportation network, Sato started as an engineer before being promoted to station master. Morning and evening in the freezing cold he bid in and sent out each passenger and freight train travelling through his one track station. However, though he clearly loves his job Sato has experienced a great deal of personal tragedy in pursuit of his career. He wasn’t there when his baby daughter died, nor was he there when his wife lay dying in hospital. He was where he always is, on the platform until the last train goes out. Now, however, the mine has closed, the town is full of old people and there are no passengers on the train so the line will be closing. Having given his life to something which will be so unceremoniously erased, what is a man like Sato to do now?

DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:52:01 | 6.30 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Korean, Japanese
Genre: Drama

Director: Yasuo Furuhata
Cast: Ken Takakura, Shinobu Otake, Ryoko Hirosue
Country: Japan

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