"The Railway Man" is a 2013 war movie "based on a true story." The true story is that of Eric Lomax, a World War II veteran who survived Japanese captivity. The true-story film stars Nicole Kidman and Collin Firth. Most of the real names were used in the movie.
"The Railway Man" tells the story of Eric Lomax. Lomax was accused of being a spy and held captive in a Japanese camp during World War II. During his captivity he was beaten and tortured for refusing to help build the railway, which was later dubbed "Death Railway." The war movie follows his journey of tracking down the interpreter-interrogator whom held responsible for his beatings. Ultimately the movie is about the path to forgiveness.
The real story began in 1942 when Eric Lomax was held prisoner in a Japanese war camp. Lomax was able to find Japanese interpreter Takashi Nagase. According to The Daily Mail, he met him and realized that the meeting was more about forgiveness than revenge. He penned his experiences in his book "The Railway Man" in 1995. The documentary "Enemy, My Friend?" also covered the case.
Eric Lomax died in 2012. He was 93 years old.