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The Railway Man

(DVD - 2014 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Title: The railway man
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,Region 1,rda
NTSC,rda
widescreen (2.40:1),24 fps,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
4 3/4 in.,rda
1 videodisc (108 minutes) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
Notes: Special features: Feature commentary with director Jonathan Teplitzky and co-writer/producer Andy Paterson; the making of Railway Man.
Based on the book by Eric Lomax.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2013.
Summary: 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.
Audience: MPAA rating R, for disturbing prisoner of war violence.
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ISBN: 0109411889
9780109411884
Statement of Responsibility: The Weinstein Company and Screen Australia in association with Silver Reel, Screen Queesnland, Creative Scotland, Screen NSW and Lionsgate UK present ; an Andy Paterson, Pictures in Paradise, Trinfold production ; screenplay by Frank Cottrel Boyce and Andy Paterson ; produced by Andy Paterson, Chris Brown, Bill Curbishley ; directed by Jonathan Teplitzky
Distributor: Beverly Hills, CA :, Anchor Bay Entertainment,, [2014]
Credits: Costume designer, Lizzy Gardiner ; film editor, Martin Connor ; production designer, Steven Jones-Evans ; director of photography, Garry Phillips.
Performers: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine, Stellan Skarsgård, Hiroyuki Sanada, Sam Reid, Tanroh Ishida.
System Details: DVD, region 1, anamorphic widescreen (2.40:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1.
Other Language: In English; Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH).
Subject Headings: Prisoners of war Great Britain Biography Drama. Prisoners of war Thailand Biography Drama. World War, 1939-1945 Atrocities Drama. World War, 1939-1945 Personal narratives Drama. World War, 1939-1945 Conscript labor Drama. World War, 1939-1945 Prisoners and prisons, Japanese Drama. Lomax, Eric Drama. Burma-Siam Railroad History Drama.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
War films.
Feature films.
Biographical films.
Topical Term: Prisoners of war
Prisoners of war
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
Publisher No: WC61760
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Sep 22, 2014
  • MovieWatch rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is the poignant true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who was captured by the Japanese during WW II and tortured by his captor Takashi Nagase. This movie dispels everything we ever thought we knew about the Bridge on the River Kwai. It is a story about one man's resilience, recovery, forgiveness and acceptance. A must see movie for everyone with an exceptional performance by Colin Firth as Eric Lomax. In fact after writing this review, I know I need to see this story once again.

Sep 22, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A lot less preachy than I thought it would be !
Colin's performance is layered.
(And Nicole has aged beautifully.)

Its so accurate that the author of this true-life book said that he could not watch the movie,.. " because it would bring back the nightmares" (!).

Aug 31, 2014
  • jpozenel rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Good story...real story. Kept me engaged throughout. Just short of two hours long, but it moved along nicely and I wasn't bored.

Aug 31, 2014
  • xaipe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very moving, well-acted account of a POW in a concentration camp in Burma during WW2. It's amazing that anyone survived the inhuman conditions. The reunion of the prisoner and his torturer at the end was wonderful. Colin Firth grows in stature with every movie he makes. I wish that the character beautifully played by Nicole Kidman had been better developed.

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