'The Railway Man' Is Based on a True Story Like These Other War Films You've Gotta See

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The new trailer for inevitable Oscar bait The Railway Man was released Wednesday, and it features some thrilling clips from Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. What's more incredible though, is the true story its based on — the life of Eric Lomax, a British soldier who was a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during WWII. After the war, Lomax found the Japanese interpreter who he held responsible and forgave him before his death in 2012.

The trailer is a good bit more exciting than the real thing, but it reminds us that not all war films are simply Halo in theatres — some of them are real stories that happened to real people.

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