Lionsgate has released the first trailer for director Jonathan Teplitzky’s The Railway Man. The film is based on Eric Lomax’s autobiography, Firth plays Lomax, an engineer who is captured by the Japanese during World War II and sent to work on the brutal Burma railroad (nicknamed The Death Railway) where he was repeatedly tortured. Decades later, Lomax discovers the man he holds responsible for the abuse is still alive and sets out to confront him.
Looks like the film is split into two narratives, older Lomax dealing with the after effects decades later and flashbacks of young Lomax (Jeremy Irvine) during World War II. I know a little bit about the construction of the Burma railway, after watching (very historically inaccurate) classic The Bridge Over The River Kwai and diving into the information rabbit hole. Constructed mainly through forced labour and estimated that over 100,000 labourers died during construction, lots of horrible stories came out of this place. I’m curious to see what route they take with the film.
The supporting cast includes Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgard and Hiroyuki Sanada.
Based on his best-selling memoir, The Railway Man tells the extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labour camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax discovers that the Japanese interpreter he holds responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him, and his haunting past. Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky, and starring Academy Award-winner Colin Firth, Jeremy Irvine, and Academy Award-winner Nicole Kidman, the film is a powerful tale of survival, love and redemption.