Former prisoners of war reunite in 1950 Singapore, but a new danger arises when they are met by Communist insurgents.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Bell ...
Veronica Roberts ...
Elizabeth Chambers ...
Patricia Lawrence ...
Emily Bolton ...
Claire Oberman ...
Lizzie Mickery ...
Maggie Carter (as Elizabeth Mickery)
Cindy Shelley ...
Alice Courtenay
Preston Lockwood ...
Stephen Wentworth
Robert Lang ...
Teddy Forster-Brown
Swee Hoe Lim ...
Lau Peng
Bernard Gallagher ...
Mr. Courtenay
Duncan Fraser


It's 1950, and the British, Australian, and Dutch women who were imprisoned together in Japanese camps during WWII remember their promise to have a five-year reunion in Singapore. Everybody's lives have moved on and changed, and each member of the group must reconcile herself to the changes that being a prisoner has made upon her life. Plans to stay in the country at Dominica's plantation, however, are disrupted when Communist bandits hold them at gunpoint and suddenly everybody's back in familiar territory, and wondering who the traitor among them is... Written by Kathy Li

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26 December 1985 (UK)  »

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Some of the best television I have ever seen.
28 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

The original Tenko movie was shown on American television in the mid 1980s. I believe on cable. I caught every episode I could. It was simply some of the best television ever made and to this day many moments and characters are clear in my mind. The intense drama of women surviving against all odds was riveting. I remember feeling very involved with the characters and totally bereft when at the end of the last episode Marion on the boat says "Well, that's that." I wanted to cry out "No! What happens to everyone? How does the reunion go between Marion and her children? Does her marriage survive? What does the Dr. go on to do?" Now I see there was a sequel movie. I wish I could get my hands on it. I don't believe it has been shown in the U.S. I would love to see the series repeated on the Arts and Entertainment channel or on public television. This series did not pull any punches about the horror of the prison camp. The characters were well drawn, complete people with the flaws and courage found in ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.

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