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"The Railway Man" w/Firth, Kidman @ Meridian 16 Cinemas (downtown Seattle)

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UPDATE (April 29):

There is a major change to this meetup: it will be held at the Meridian 16 Cinemas in downtown Seattle. Unfortunately none of the Landmark Theaters are showing "The Railway Man" despite the assurances from the Landmark folks in Los Angeles. It is currently being shown at only two theaters: Meridian 16 and the Lincoln Square in Bellevue; these are the only theaters listed by the Fandango website. I believe that it will be less disruptive to the majority of prospective attendees to change the venue and change the show time (20 minutes earlier) rather than change the date of this meetup.

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We will be attending the 6:40 pm showing of “The Railway Man” at the Meridian 16 Cinemas located in downtown Seattle. This is the true story of a British solder who was subjected to extreme brutality by his Japanese captors during World War II and who seeks revenge after the war. Here is a description of this film taken from Landmark Theatres' web site:

Eric (Colin Firth, The King's Speech, A Single Man), a WWII vet and train fanatic, meets attractive divorcee Patti (Nicole Kidman, Stoker, Cold Mountain) on a train, and love blossoms. Only after they marry does she discover that Eric is tormented by his past in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. When they learn that the Japanese interpreter responsible for much of his brutal treatment is still alive, she urges him to go and confront the man, and his haunting past, in this powerful and inspiring tale of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love. Based on the remarkable bestselling autobiography.

Here is a preview of this film:

The Railway Man - trailer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV23APrwwR8)

This film has a 73 rating on rottentomatoes.com; here is a link to that web site where you can read or scan all the reviews to see if this film is for you:

tomatometer - The Railway Man (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_railway_man/)

Here is the summary of the review that appeared in Variety:

Offering closure to a less-told chapter of World War II history, “The Railway Man (http://variety.com/t/man/)” retraces the tracks of an exceptional man’s life, as former British soldier Eric Lomax confronts the Japanese officer who tortured him as a prisoner of war nearly four decades earlier. This overly stodgy true story brought audiences first to tears and later to their feet for a rousing standing ovation at the Toronto Film Festival with its placid, postcard-worthy view of how men of a certain generation cope with deep emotional scars, tenderly acted by Colin Firth (http://variety.com/t/colin-firth/) and Nicole Kidman (http://variety.com/t/nicole-kidman/), as Lomax and the woman who inspired his healing. Too delicate to entice the masses, “The Railway Man (http://variety.com/t/railway-man/)” will likely give a smaller distrib a dark horse in the awards race.

Meet me outside the screening room for this film starting around 6:15. I am an Asian male who wears glasses and who will probably be wearing a cap of some type (beret, black rain hat, African brimless cap (kufi). A head shot of me appears in the photo section of my profile so you can see for whom to look. My cell phone,[masked], will be on until the start of the program. Please note that I use a “dumbphone” which is voice only (no data capability but it does meet Mil Standard 810G and can operate in a wide range of hostile environments such as a sandstorm) so do not text me or post a message on the web site; I will not be able to read these.

There will be an optional beverage and snack stop at the conclusion of this film (i.e., after all the credits have rolled by). Meet me in next to the elevator on the ground floor (street level).

George Liu

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