In "The Railway Man," Eric Lomax (portrayed by Jeremy Irvine and Colin Firth) suffers from lingering psychological and emotional trauma from his time in WWII. Many years earlier, Eric, a British officer, was taken captive by the Japanese in Singapore, tortured and forced to help build the Thai-Burma Railway. Instead of submitting to the Japanese, Eric, and his best friend Finlay (portrayed by Sam Reid and Stellan Skarsgård), vowed their revenge on their captors.
After many years pass, Eric's wife Patti (Nicole Kidman) grows frustrated that Eric holds so much pain from that time and confides in Finlay for help. Finlay finds out that Eric's captor, Takashi Nagase (portrayed by Tanroh Ishida and Hiroyuki Sanada) is alive and gives Eric his current location. Eric goes to confront Takashi about his role in the abuse only to learn that making peace with the situation isn't as simple as he thinks.
This touching war film brings a serious tone to theaters already packed with other movies including "Draft Day," "Under the Skin," "Dom Hemingway," "Joe," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Sabotage," "Noah," "Blood Ties," the "Veronica Mars" movie, "Need for Speed," "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," "300: Rise of an Empire," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Cheap Thrills," "Monuments Men," "Winter's Tale," "RoboCop (2014), "About Last Night," "Vampire Academy," "The Lego Movie," "Gimme Shelter," "I, Frankenstein," "Ride Along," and "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit."
Sometimes the Hating Has to Stop
Eric Lomax: "I have suffered much. But I know you have suffered too. And you mean everything to me. Sometimes the hating has to stop."Eric, after he finds resolution with his past, reunites with wife Patti. It's then when he can truly love her and find peace as he has let go of his hate.
War Leaves a Mark
Patti Lomax: "He is a wonderful man. I've seen it, but he is a mess. I want to know what happened to Eric. I don't believe in this code of silence you have."
Finlay: "War leaves a mark."
I'm Still at War
Eric Lomax: "He was my friend. He was a prisoner here. You put your life in my hands. He wanted an end to this."
Takashi Nagase: "You were a soldier, Lomax. You never surrendered."
Eric Lomax: "I'm still at war."
Why Are You Alive?
Takashi Nagase: "I'm afraid the museum is closed."
Eric Lomax: "I'm surprised, you don't recognize me."
Takashi Nagase: "Lomax… I did not expect you to be alive."
Eric Lomax: "No, of course you didn't. You'd thought you'd got away with it. Why are you alive?"
Takashi Nagase: "Why are we alive?"
Eric Lomax: "No, you. Why are you alive? You are a war criminal. Why didn't they hang you?"
Takashi Nagase: "Not a war criminal, just an interpreter"
Eric Lomax: "You were Kempetai and you knew everything! Why did they let you live?"