Cast: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Hiroyuki Sanada, Jeremy Irvine
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Genre: Biography, Drama
Running Time: 116 minutes
1942. Tens of thousands of brave young British and ANZAC soldiers become prisoners of war when Japanese forces overrun Singapore. Churchill calls it 'the greatest disaster ever to have befallen the British Empire". Eric Lomax, (Colin Firth/ Jeremy Irvine) a 21 year old British Signals Engineer and railway enthusiast, is one of the surrendered men.
Sent to work on the construction of the notorious Death Railway in Thailand, Eric witnesses unimaginable suffering; men forced to hack through rock and jungle with their bare hands, beaten, starved and prey to tropical diseases. He builds a secret radio to bring hope. As he whispers news of Hitler's defeats or American advances in the Pacific, a thousand backs straighten and exhausted, desperate men resolve to survive another day. When the radio is discovered, Eric faces beatings, interrogation and worse.
Barely surviving the war he returns home, like so many others, to a country unable to imagine what he and his colleagues have been through. Haunted by the face of one young Japanese officer, he shuts himself off from the world.
Interviews with Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and director, Jonathan Teplitzky
The Railway Man DVD