The Railway Man 2013

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Colin Firth stars in The Railway Man, based on the best-selling memoir, this is the extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who was tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labour camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax discovers that the Japanese interpreter he holds responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him, and his haunted past. A powerful tale of survival, love and redemption, THE RAILWAY MAN stars Academy Award-winners Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, with Jeremy Irvine and Stellan Skarsgård.

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Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 56 minutes
Starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgard, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Andy Paterson, Jeremy Irvine
Director Jonathan Teplitzky
Genres Drama
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 5 May 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 56 minutes
Starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgard, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Andy Paterson, Jeremy Irvine
Director Jonathan Teplitzky
Genres Drama
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 5 May 2014
Main languages English

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By An Old Greybeard on 8 May 2014
Format: DVD
Once more the immortal words of Robert Burns ring true: "Mans' ihumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn" in the never ending atrocities which continue to the present day, Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman are superb in the leading roles of this harrowing true story from the war in the Far East. Well worth watching BUT extremely sad.
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103 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Jane on 26 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
As the daughter of a Far East POW I was wondering how close to the 'real thing' this film was going to be. Dad had told me a little of what happened so I knew it wasn't going to be easy viewing. I would absolutely recommend this film to anyone who wishes to find out more about that time - there is so little compared to other WW2 experiences. It also shows the amazing ability to be able to forgive and so move on. It has made me want to visit the area myself which isn't something I could have coped with before.
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The Burma railway was also known as the "Death railway!". It was 258 Miles and stretched from Bangkok to Burma . It was constructed in 1943 by forced labour consisting of 180,000 Asian civilians,and 60,000 allied prisoners of war.Of these 90,000 Asian workers died and 12,399 Allied prisoners died.The line was closed in 1947 but partly re-opened in 1957.The majority of the dead allied soldiers were British,but there was also Dutch,Australians and Americans with 20 other from the commonwealth countries.
This is the story of one man's fight to regain inner peace and sanity after he returned home at the end of WW2.

During the harrowing scenes in the film,it shows "Hellfire Pass".This was a particularly difficult section of the line due to it being cut out of sheer rocks,all by hand.Sixty Nine men were beaten to death by the Japanese Guards and many more died from Cholera and Dysentery and starvation...

In the film our hero (Colin Firth) recognises a Major from British Forces.The Major sadly was in a shocking state and on the point of death by exhaustion.

It is pointless me going over the storyline as others have beaten me to it,however,Nicole Kidman played a stellar role as the new wife of the mentally broken Eric Lomax..It was she who helped him on the road to recovery,although for most of the film she was locked out of his mind.After Eric found out that the worst of the brutal Japanese Officers was still alive,he planned to kill him.Finally he made peace with the Officer,and indeed they then became the best of friends that carried them into their old age together.

A memorable film that puts into context the famous saying of "Lest we forget!"
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78 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
Based on the 1995 memoir of Eric Lomax, the Royal Signals Officer who was tortured by the Japanese when deployed on the construction of the infamous Burma railway, this film uses flashbacks to show the reasons for his emotional repression with violent outbursts of post traumatic stress decades after the event. Colin Firth, a master in this kind of role, plays the older Lomax, with Jeremy Irvine putting in a strong performance as his younger self, earnest, floppy-haired and prepared with quiet bravery to take the rap for the assembly of an illicit radio receiver. Nicole Kidman assumes a convincing English accent to play the sympathetic new wife who is determined to extract Lomax from his mental agony. When Lomax discovers in the 1980s that Takashi Nagase, the young interpreter who played a key part in his torture, is still alive, working, of all things, as a guide at the Kanchanaburi War Museum (close to the famous bridge on the river Kwai) he is initially bent on revenge as a means of exorcising his demons.

I was disappointed by the first half: dialogues often seem stilted as in the "Brief Encounter" style meeting on a train between Lomax and his future wife Patti. Lomax looks much younger than the fellow officers with whom he has kept in contact, and he could have done with a few more scars and grey hairs. The sets "back home" have more of a 1950s feel than the 1980s as I remember them. Worst of all, the earlier scenes in the jungle are often confusing or hammy, apart from the final harrowing torture in the dreaded hut. Overall, the script and direction often appear wooden until the final resolution.

The film was saved for me by the second part of the film which is unpredictable, moving and well-developed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lillian on 7 Jun 2014
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Really enjoyed this film. Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth were great. Terrible torture those men had to to endure. Amazing that he could forgive that Japanese soldier.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Monk on 9 May 2014
Format: DVD
An acutely moving and nightmarish portrayal of the brutality suffered by POW's at the hands of their Japanese captors during world war 2. I see no point in adding to other reviewers comments, however, I will simply say that at the end of this harrowing and beautifully made homage to suffering and the utter futility of war... I was in tears.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon on 21 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
A former British Army officer,(Colin Firth) who was tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man (Hiroyuki Sanada) responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him.

Very well directed throughout, Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman are great in the leading roles and with a great supporting cast as well, difficult to watch at times, gripping story that keeps you watching, unpredictable, moving and well developed.

Overall a very good film. Would recommend this to anyone who likes war films.
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