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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The Railway Man

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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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102 of 106 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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78 of 86 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Mason on 17 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
If you liked Bridge on the River Kwai (Sir Alec Guinness), or more recently, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (David Bowie), you'll probably like this too. This is a slightly old fashioned WWII POW drama, starring Colin Firth as a former British Army officer, who suffers from nightmares/PTSD stemming from his cruel treatment and torture as a Japanese POW in Thailand. 35 years after his harrowing experiences, and with the help of his wife (played by Nicole Kidman), Firth's character tries to get to grips with his dark history, including an encounter with one of the Japanese soldiers who was involved in his torture. The two lead characters give solid and emotional performances, and the early days of their romance, including their initial chance encounter on a train, are particularly well played. The torture scenes at the POW camp are relatively mild, probably on a par with similar scenes of brutality in Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, but they are well done, and they are necessary to show why Firth's character remained haunted by those experiences for decades into the future. This is a beautifully shot movie, particularly the passages with the train journey and the POWs excavating through the land to build a roadway, which means that this is better to watch on Blu Ray rather than standard DVD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lillian on 7 Jun 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William on 2 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
A very intensive great movie about a dark period of WW2 in Asia....the film is set in Thailand and shows the brutality of being a POW under Japanese rule....both main actors Colin Firth and Nicole Kidmen performed outstanding..
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