This adaptation from Eric Lomax's bestseller of the same name tells the story of an Allied prisoner of war (Firth) forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway during WW II. Years later and still tormented by the brutality he endured, he meets a beautiful woman (Kidman) on a train. She becomes determined to rid him of his battle-scars. Skarsgard plays a colleague of Kidman's who helps her to set up a mission back to the Bridge on the River Kwai (shades of David Lean) where the haunted man can confront his tormentor, Nagase (Sanada).
The film begins shooting Scotland, then moves to Thailand, and Australia.