Tenko (1981)

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WWII drama follows a group of British, Dutch, and Australian women; from the bombing of Singapore to their years spent in prison camps and eventually to the end of the war where the survivors try to readjust to civilian life.

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Complete series cast summary:
Ann Bell ...
 Marion Jefferson (30 episodes, 1981-1984)
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 Beatrice Mason / ... (30 episodes, 1981-1984)
Claire Oberman ...
 Kate Norris (30 episodes, 1981-1984)
Emily Bolton ...
 Christina Campbell (27 episodes, 1981-1984)
Elizabeth Chambers ...
 Mrs. Domenica Van Meyer / ... (26 episodes, 1981-1984)
Veronica Roberts ...
 Dorothy Bennett (24 episodes, 1981-1984)
Patricia Lawrence ...
 Sister Ulrica (21 episodes, 1981-1984)
Jean Anderson ...
 Lady Jocelyn 'Joss' Holbrook / ... (20 episodes, 1982-1984)
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 Rose Millar (19 episodes, 1981-1982)
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 Major Yamauchi / ... (19 episodes, 1981-1984)
Eiji Kusuhara ...
 Lt. Sato / ... (17 episodes, 1981-1984)
Takashi Kawahara ...
 Shinya (17 episodes, 1981-1982)
Takahiro Oba ...
 Kasaki / ... (16 episodes, 1981-1984)
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 Blanche Simmons (13 episodes, 1981-1982)
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Three 10x55min series. The first series set in 1941, a group of English and Australian women from Singapore are shipwrecked while they try to escape the Japanese invasion. The survivors are captured and put in a prison camp. They and their Dutch companions must all make drastic adjustments to and discoveries about their lives. In the second series, the group is moved to a new camp with a completely new pecking order and a particularly vicious camp leader. At the beginning of the third series, the prisoners are liberated and must re-adjust themselves to live in Singapore, in the aftermath of the war. Written by Kathy Li

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Mrs. Van Meyer's pet songbird, which appears in season one, is named for the actress Simone Simon. See more »

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Mrs. Domenica Van Meyer: How dare you speak to me this way?
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1 bad thing about Tenko: unavailable in North America
18 February 2004 | by (Beaumont, Mississippi) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this with my mom when I was 12 & it still resonates with me 15 years later. There aren't very many shows/movies concerning the lives of women during World War II, and I seriously doubt anything in the future could top Tenko in terms of quality. Quality of cast, story, set design, make-up, etc. In the States, Tenko aired in the late 80's on the Arts & Entertainment Network (aka 'A&E'). During that time, A&E was primarily an outlet for WWII and British programing. It was with Tenko that I got my first taste of what the BBC could accomplish. I'd also recommend a movie called 'Bent' for its depiction of homosexuals in Nazi concentration camps. Although the plot is fictional, the premise is based on fact. 'Bent' may not be the best WWII movie but it's interesting because, like Tenko did for women, it sheds light on the plight of gays in WWII. As fascinating as Bent may be, it doesn't hold a candle to Tenko. Perhaps one day it will be released here in North America.


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