The Railway Man

The Railway Man

DVD - 2013
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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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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.

Feb 15, 2016

Very good movie.

Feb 09, 2016

This is a 2013 British–Australian war drama directed by Jonathan Teplitzky, based on the bestselling autobiography of the same name by Eric Lomax.
Eric Lomax, a British Army officer is sent to a POW camp, where he is tormented and forced to work on the Thai-Burma Railway.
Decades later, still suffering the trauma of his wartime experiences, Lomax and his wife discover that the Japanese interpreter responsible for much of his treatment is still alive.
Lomax now decides to confront him.
It is a powerful, emotionally gripping and inspirational docu-drama of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love.

ECPat Feb 01, 2016

Understated in much of the film, but demonstrating the horrors Lomax suffered. Very engaging.

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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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