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.
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.