The Railway Man (film)
|The Railway Man|
|Directed by||Jonathan Teplitzky|
|Produced by||Chris Brown
|Screenplay by||Frank Cottrell Boyce
|Based on||The Railway Man
by Eric Lomax
|Music by||David Hirschfelder|
|Editing by||Martin Connor|
|Running time||116 minutes|
The Railway Man is an upcoming war film directed by Jonathan Teplitzky. It is an adaptation of the bestselling autobiography of the same name by Eric Lomax, and stars Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Jeremy Irvine. It premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on 6 September 2013.
During World War II, Eric Lomax (Colin Firth) is a British officer who is captured by the Japanese in Singapore and sent to a POW camp, where he is forced to work on the Thai-Burma Railway. During his time in the camp, Lomax is tortured by an officer and meets a fellow P.O.W.
Years later, and still suffering the psychological trauma of his wartime experiences, Lomax, with the help of his wife Patti, and best friend Finlay (Skarsgard), decides to find and confront one of his captors. Lomax returns to the scene of his torture and manages to track down his captor, Japanese officer Takashi Nagase (Sanada), from the prison camp, "in an attempt let go of a lifetime of bitterness and hate".
- Colin Firth as Eric Lomax
- Nicole Kidman as Patti Lomax (née Wallace)
- Jeremy Irvine as young Eric Lomax
- Stellan Skarsgård as the older Finlay
- Sam Reid as young Finlay
- Hiroyuki Sanada as the older Takashi Nagase
- Tanroh Ishida as the younger Takashi Nagase
- Marta Dusseldorp as Memsahib
- Masa Yamaguchi as Kempai Officer
- Keiichi Enomoto as Sakamoto
- James Fraser as Duncan
- Shoota Tanahashi as Japanese Mechanic
- Akos Armont as Jackson
While he was working on the screenplay, co-writer Frank Cottrell Boyce travelled up to Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland together with Colin Firth to meet the then-91 year old Eric Lomax. Firth said of the film: "I think what is not often addressed is the effect over time. We do sometimes see stories about what it's like coming home from war, we very rarely see stories about what it's like decades later. This is not just a portrait of suffering. It's about relationships ... how that damage interacts with intimate relationships, with love."
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