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They say –

‘History repeats itself if you don’t take the lesson from history’.

Most probably this is why I’m interested in learning the past so that it can’t interfere my present and future. Most probably this is why for the last nine years I have been keeping a journal of my life to figure out what I was in the past, what I’m at present, and what I want to be in the future.

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‘The Railway Man’ Movie Poster

 

This motion picture is based on the true story of the former British Army Officer Eric Lomax, during and after the World War 2. Eric discovers that the Japanese interpreter who tortured him during the war is still alive.

Eric Lomax is a British officer. During the Second World War, Lomax was captured by the Japanese and sent to Japanese POW camp to work on the Thai-Burma Railway north of the Malay Peninsula. In the camp, he was tortured brutally by the military police for building a radio receiver from spare parts. But, Lomax and his surviving comrades are finally rescued by the British Army.


Some 30 years later, Lomax is still suffering the psychological trauma of his wartime experiences. One day his fellow ex-POW brings him evidence that one of their captors, Takashi Nagase, is now alive and working as a tourist guide in the very camp where he and his men once tortured British POWs. Lomax travels to Thailand, returns to the scene of his torture to confront Nagase ‘in an attempt to let go of a lifetime of bitterness and hate’.

There is an old saying –

‘One day life will flash back to you. Make sure, it worths watching’.

In the POW camp, the Japanese tortured the British Army brutally. So, 30 years later, when Nagase faces Lomax, he had mixed feelings. At this point, I want to ask you – how you would feel if one day, time brings your long forgotten enemy in front of you?


Pause for a while and think about it. How would you feel if one day you meet the person whom once you treated badly?

I don’t know your answer, but for Lomax, he prepared to smash Nagase’s arm, using a club and a clamp designed by the Japanese for that purpose. He threatened to cut Nagase’s throat and finally pushed him into a bamboo cage.

But the funny thing is, he didn’t do that. Lomax finally frees Nagase, throws his knife into the nearby river, and finally at peace with himself, returns to Britain.


After returning to Britain, one day Lomax received a letter from Nagase which goes like –

Dear Mr. Lomax,

I was a member of the Imperial Japanese Army. We treated you and your countrymen very, very badly. It is a long time since the war ended, but for me, it is a time of suffering.

The dagger of our meeting thrusts deep into my heart. I never forgot you. I remember your face, your arms, your eyes …’

 

Upon receiving the letter, Lomax returns, with Patricia, to Thailand. He meets up with Nagase once again, and in an emotional scene, after exchanging and accepting each other’s apologies, the two make peace.

Before returning to England, Lomax also handed his letter to Nagase, which goes –

Dear Mr. Nagase,

The war has been over for many years. I have suffered much. But I know you have suffered too. And you have been most courageous, and brave in working for reconciliation.

Sorry.

While I cannot forget what happened in Kanchanaburi, I assure you of my total forgiveness. Sometimes the hating has to stop.’


The epilogue relates that Nagase and Eric remained friends until their deaths in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Pretty interesting, huh?

It’s really amazing to think, foe becomes friend till death!

Mr. Lomax and Mr. Nagase in real life


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I’m highly curious about WW2. In my watch list, there are so many renowned movies like Downfall, Letters from Iwo Jima, Life is Beautiful, Schindler List, and Valkyrie. I want to know what was wrong, how was misery, who won what from the WW2.

I want to take the lessons from past. Ranging from personal to professional life, this is one of my basic principles I strictly follow.


Reference:

[1] ‘The Railway Man’ Movie Poster, By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41555844