The movie, "The Railway Man", starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman is an extraordinary film. (It was released in 2013.) It is based on the true story of Eric Lomax, a man tortured for many years by his memories of imprisonment and torture by his Japanese captor in World War II. I have written of my admiration for Louis Zamperini in several posts before. Like Mr. Zamperini, Eric Lomax has a powerful story of forgiveness that is just...it is hard to find the words for it. It brought me to tears. (I think I would like to read the book by Mr. Lomax after seeing the movie. As good as the movie is, I would dearly love to read the words written by Mr. Lomax himself.) Eric Lomax died in 2012 but he was able to meet with the actors as they were filming and I am grateful that he was able to do so.
Before this film was made there was a documentary called "Enemy, My Friend?" and I found a clip from it. I hope you are able to see it, you may find it just HERE. The link that I have here calls this clip a "must watch". So, please, do so...it is very short but well worth your time, I promise.
Why is the film called "The Railway Man"? All will be explained when you see the movie and you WILL see it, won't you? Please do! It truly is extraordinary.
The cherry trees have just finished blooming and the pink petals are blowing in the wind and when you walk past them, they brush against your cheeks and settle alongside the paths and roadway.
These cherry trees were a gift from the president of the Japanese company, Maxell - a true gift of love and friendship.