‘The Railway Man’ US Trailer: A True Tale of Trauma and Forgiveness

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When Eric Lomax met his future wife Patricia on a train bound for northern England, he was something of a broken man. A British survivor of the Japanese occupation of southeast Asia, Lomax still suffered from severe post-traumatic symptoms almost 40 years after the end of World War II. When Lomax discovered that one of his main tormentors – a now middle-aged man named Nagase – was living in Burma, Patricia found herself having to stand behind her husband as he traveled to confront the man who had ruined his life.

Thus is the true story that inspired The Railway Man, a biopic/drama released internationally late last year. Though the film does not yet have a release date in the United States, it has released a new trailer for that market in the run-up to a theatrical debut.

The Railway Man Colin Firth The Railway Man US Trailer: A True Tale of Trauma and Forgiveness

This latest preview for The Railway Man reveals less than its international counterpart, but still lays on the plot fairly thick. It’s a generally better trailer – and yet, it still doesn’t sell the film as a must-see dramatic experience.

Interest in the movie has no doubt dropped off after generally lukewarm reviews out of the festival circuit, indicating a stately but overly somber film filled with underplayed performances. When The Railway Man finally hits US theaters, it may not make much of a splash – all despite its great premise and highly talented cast.

The Railway Man is directed by Jonathan Teplitzky (Burning Man) from a screenplay by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Millions), adapted from Eric Lomax’s autobiography. The film stars Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Hiroyuki Sanada (Helix), Nicole Kidman (Grace of Monaco), and Stellan Skarsgård (Thor: The Dark World).


The Railway Man will arrive in US theaters in 2014.

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  1. It’s an ok movie (released today in the UK) but not the best version of the story (it’s been adapted before and I’d honestly suggest the filmmakers should’ve tried to tell a straightforward tale instead of doing what they ultimately did although the flashback scenes were very well acted).

    I hope it gets a US release date soon because I can see it being a sleeper hit over there with different sections of society (some may like the forgiveness theme, others enjoy movies regarding World War 2 stories, others might just want to see great performances from Firth and Kidman, who have both become dramatic heavyweights in the last decade, aside from Firth’s sillier roles in much more light-hearted flicks).

    Makes it all the more poignant since the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1 is this year so those two terrible wars will be even more in the public conscience. Saying that, I can imagine a Labor Dar release now.

  2. Pitch it to churches and religious groups as a great tale of forgiveness and like Dazz says it could be a hit.