A man haunted by his POW experiences in Burma.
After receiving strong reviews at the Toronto Film Festival, here is the first trailer for drama The Railway Man based on the acclaimed book by Eric Lomax, the synopsis for which reads as follows:
Throughout his childhood Eric Lomax possessed a passion for trains. In an ironic twist of fate, he was captured by the Japanese during World War II and sent to Thailand to work on the infamous Burma-Siam railroad, the barbaric project that claimed the lives of 250,000 men. There he constructed a radio to bring news of the war and secretly drew a map of the railroad.
For this, Lomax suffered brutal and incessant torture and interrogation. Standing by through it all was Nagase Takashi, a young Japanese soldier who translated the captor's questions and Lomax's replies. Fifty years later, Lomax sought out this Japanese tormentor, meeting him on a hillside overlooking the River Kwai Bridge. But Lomax's object in meeting Takashi again was not revenge. It was reconciliation.
Lomax, who went on to become a university lecturer, died last year aged 93. He was a remarkable man who lived an extraordinary life. Let’s hope the film does him justice. On the evidence of the trailer, all the ingredients are in place.
The Railway Man will be released on January 3rd 2014