Paving the way for its red carpet premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the upcoming historical drama The Railway Man has released its first trailer. Based on the memoirs of Eric Lomax, a British Officer captured during WWII and forced to build the Burma Railway for the Japanese Empire, the film boasts a weighty cast led by Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Hiroyuki Sanada.
Haunted by memories of his time as a PoW, the older Lomax (Firth) travels across the world to track down a Japanese translator who presided over much of his torture (Sanada). The action spans decades, with War Horse’s Jeremy Irvine playing the younger Lomax in a real-life ‘Bridge on the River Kwai‘ story.
This is the sort of film that has ‘Oscar Gold’ written over it — it’s epic, person and it deals with the Academy’s favourite subject: WWII. So don’t be surprised if you see Colin Firth go up for his second statuette come 2014.
The Railway Man pulls in to your locals cinema 3 January 2014