Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman Face Love And War In The Railway Man

By Kristy Puchko 2014-01-10 15:31:16discussion comments
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Have you ever heard of the Death Railway? It was a train line alternately known as the Thai-Burma railway, which was created to aid the Japanese in World War II. This transit track earned its ugly because of how it was built - namely by 60,000 prisoners of war, captured by Japanese forces. The estimates of men who died in the construction of the Death Railway are said to be more than 12,000, But one who lived is Eric Lomax, the hero of Railway Man, a historical drama starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.

Yahoo has debuted the film's first US trailer. While The Railway Man's previously released UK trailer focused mainly on Lomax's struggle to overcome the travesties of his past, this new trailer shares focus between the dark past that haunts Lomax, and his present relationship with his wife that spurns him to find catharsis. It's a compelling setup. He's not only fighting against memories of torture and dehumanization that have scarred his soul, but also he's fighting for a future with the woman he loves. But will it lead to murder?

Based on Lomax's bestselling autobiography Railway Man: A POW’s Searing Account of War, Brutality and Forgiveness, this A-lister fronted biopic follows the former POW's journey from his home in England to the camps in Thailand where he was once kept prisoner. From there he moves on to Japan for a fateful meeting with one of the officer's who made his life a living hell. Screenwriters Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Paterson have adapted Lomax's book into a screenplay that showed enough promise to score not only Firth and Kidman, but also Jeremy Irvine, Stellan Skarsgard, and Japanese movie star Hiroyuki Sanada, who recently had major roles in The Wolverine and 47 Ronin. Jonathan Teplitzky, whose previous credits include the romantic dramas Better Than Sex and Burning Man, directs.

Check out The Railway Man's UK trailer below for a slightly different take on this drama:



Aside from showcasing some truly tense moments and an intriguing ensemble cast, the trailer up top appears to reflect a movie more in line with what Sean reported from The Railway Man's world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall. While the premise would seem to suggest it is primarily Eric's story, Sean was surprised to find much of the screentime is dedicated to Mrs. Lomax and her quest to help her husband heal.

The Railway Man's US release date has not yet been announced, but if this trailer can be trusted it will be coming soon.
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