Cast & Crew
Otomatsu is a small-town stationmaster in northern Japan. He is honest, loyal, and never misses work -- not even when his wife and daughter lie sick and dying. Now nearing retirement and alone, Otomatsu will soon lose his job since the railroad has become unprofitable and will be closed down. Otomatsu will remain loyal until the end, but harbors deep resentment for what he has sacrificed only to be put out of work with no compensation. Helpless and despondent he waits on the platform, waiting for the end -- until he sees a little girl with a familiar doll who instills a new sense of hope and duty in his life.
Winner of the Best Actor Award (Ken Takakura) at the 1999 Montreal World Film Festival.
Released in United States 1999
Released in United States October 1999
Shown at Montreal World Film Festival (in competition) August 27 - September 6, 1999.
Shown at Pusan International Film Festival October 14-23, 1999.
Released in United States 1999 (Shown at Montreal World Film Festival (in competition) August 27 - September 6, 1999.)
Released in United States October 1999 (Shown at Pusan International Film Festival October 14-23, 1999.)