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Railway Man (8/10)
Screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce says, ďItís hard to make any film, but
The Railway Man was particularly hard.Ē Hard as it might have
been to write and produce, it is equally hard to watch.
half a century ago, David Lean made The Bridge on the River Kwai
(1957) based on Pierre Bouleís novel about the Japanese brutality in
building railway (in fact there was no bridge and there was no river
Kwai, and the film was shot in Ceylon). Although he showed Alec Guinness
being tortured by being put in a metal cage in the sun, which drove him
loony, the film doesnít begin to capture the dreadfulness and inhumane
discomfort endured by the workers.
on Eric Lomaxís book about what happened to him, Director Jonathan
Teplizky filmed in Scotland and on part of the actual death railway in
Thailand which was 258 miles long between Bangkok and Rangoon, Burma
(now Yangon, Myhanmar) reclaimed from the jungle. The line was closed in
1947 but the section between Nong Pla Duk and Nam Tok was reopened in
1957. About 180,000 Asian civilian laborers and 60,000 Allied prisoners
of war worked on the railway. Of these, around 90,000 Asian civilian
laborers and 12,399 Allied POWs died as a direct result of the project.
The dead POWs included 6,318 British personnel, 2,815 Australians, 2,490
Dutch, about 356 Americans, and about 20 POWs from other British
Contrary to Leanís fictional, Hollywood approach (Lomax, commenting on
Leanís film, said he had never seen such well-fed POWs), at first what
happened to Lomax (Colin Firth) is left to our imagination. But
Teplitzky shows the horror of the slave labor forced by the Japaneseís
upon their POWs and other slave laborers in building the railway to be
far worse than what Lean showed in 1957. The Japanese brutality and the
heat and hopelessness of their labors are excruciatingly captured.
this is the true story of one man, Lomax, and how he survived the
brutality and inhumanity of the Japanese and the post tramautic stress
that followed the end of the war, and Teplizky eventually shows what he
was forced to endure, and it was heroic. This is a compelling tale of
how Lomax faced his demons after the war with the help of the love and
understanding of his wife, Patti (Nicole Kidman). In his book, however,
Lomax barely mentions Patti. Teplizky realized that but for her, what
happened in the film would probably never have occurred, so he gives her
a much bigger part in the film than Lomax did in his book. Kidman gives
a fine performance, but Firth is exceptional as the damaged Lomax.
written before about how horrible the Japanese were to the people they
conquered and how they have never apologized or tried to make amends.
so how Lomax dealt with his most vicious captor decades later is
interesting and enormously powerful.
Lomax was involved in the making of the film to a certain extent, and
while both Firth and Kidman dined with him near the end of the shoot, he
died shortly before film wrapped, so never got to see it.