The Railway Man

The Railway Man

DVD - 2014
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Based on an autobiography, this film tells the true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who is captured by the Japanese during WWII and sent to a POW camp, where he is tortured and forced to work on the Thai-Burma Railway. Years later, and still suffering the psychological trauma of his wartime experiences, Lomax is persuaded by his wife Patti to find and confront one of his captors. Accompanied by his best friend, Lomax returns to the scene of his torture and manages to track down his captor, Japanese officer Takashi Nagase, from the prison camp, in an attempt to let go of a lifetime of bitterness and hate.


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Jul 04, 2018

Like a lot of English dramas this movie needs some time to pick up and isn’t for those looking for a fast paced action flick. What you get is based on a true story that discusses a part of history mainly forgotten. The atrocities committed by the Japanese seem incomprehensible for those that have lived their lives only knowing a Japan which is more associated with sushi, tourism and technology than the pursuit of Pacific Asian domination. Railway Man explores PTSD, torture, reconciliation and coming to terms with the incomprehensible. A very good film that is worth the effort to see.

Jun 26, 2018

Gritty story of a man living with the trauma of his past as a WWII POW and his need to confront it and find closure.

Jun 26, 2018

After a somewhat confusing and disconnected beginning of the film, this was a well done portrayal of a broken man, dealing (not so well) with his POW past and present day life. This is based on a true story, of a man and new wife, trying to cope with his past.
There is a very interesting half hour documentary on The Making of The Railway Man, that follows the film, showing the real Eric and Patti Lomax.
The film unfolds with flash backs to fill in the story of what had happened with POW's to work on the Thai-Burma Railway, from 1943 - 1945, in a Japanese war camp.
Well acted by Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.

Jan 12, 2018

A very moving film about the horrors of war, its lasting effects, and the power of forgiveness. Perfectly cast and beautifully filmed. Highly recommend.

Jul 17, 2017

I couldn't get interested in this movie.

May 16, 2017

"Sometimes the HATING has to end!"

Feb 24, 2017

We have a lifetime to forgive each other for all the perceived wrongs of our lives. This film is well done, and if it really represents a true account, it's certainly a good thing God is patient because we can be really nasty to each other. This is a good film for anyone trying to figure out what's wrong with war.

Jan 08, 2017

Excellent true story about forgiveness.

Jan 08, 2017

An outstanding movie! It will leave a mark on your soul!

bookishdl Jul 04, 2016

Outstanding performances from Firth and Kidman. What a sobering story. I know the POW treatment in Burma was brutal and the dramatisation of this brutality was distressing but it was in no way gratuitous. Emotional and engaging movie showing the impact of incarceration and torture on prisoners. Highly recommended.

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Feb 07, 2015

Opening verse:

At the beginning of time
the clock struck one.
A drop of dew and
the clock struck two.
From the dew grew a tree
and the clock struck three.
Then the tree made a door
and the clock struck four.
Then man came alive
and the clock struck five.
Count not
waste not
the hours on the clock.
Behold I stand
at the door and knock.


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