As you will realize when you watch The Railway Man online, the heart of the story occurs during the Second World War. It revolves around a British army officer named Eric Lomax. Upon capture in the hands of the Japanese while in Singapore, he is dispatched to a camp designated for prisoners of war. The Thai-Burma Railway is under construction at the time and he is assigned duties there.
While at the POW camp he uses spare parts to develop a radio receiver. This gets him in trouble and the Kempetai torture him for this thinking that he is a spy who wants to use the receiver to transmit the intelligence he has gathered. The torture methods are horrific and range from waterboarding to rape to beatings. This is contrary to what he had initially intended the device for. All he wanted was to entertain and boost the moral of himself and his companions.
Many years since the end of the war and his eventual release, Lomax is still suffering psychological trauma. But with his spouse, Patti, and his friend of many years, Finlay, Lomax embarks on a course to healing. His intention is to track down one of the men who captured him and who is guilty of war crimes but who was never called to account. Will Eric Lomax manage to locate the war criminal who is still at large? And will Lomax manage to get over the hate and bitterness that has haunted him all these years? Watch The Railway Man and find out.