Dr Chris Masters finds himself working in the Pacific Islands after his accidently killing a thug, his only option from the hospital board. The four part TV drama follows his time working ...
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Dr Chris Masters finds himself working in the Pacific Islands after his accidently killing a thug, his only option from the hospital board. The four part TV drama follows his time working with Dr Read on Korralona working on his passion to beat cholera. While there he falls in love with the daughter of the islands princess as she grows into womanhood. And through the occupation by Japanese during WW2 the trials and tribulations of the couple are portraid. It was a masterpiece in 1992 and can now only be found on YouTube. The filming was done mainly in Rarratonga (cook islands) with a great cast and beautiful settings. Written by
Perhaps not the "masterpiece" claimed in the plot summary, but I was prompted to view it courtesy of Youtube, having just re-read the book.
The IMDb cast list is in alphabetical order, and the leading parts are played by Jason Connery (son of Sean), Vivien Tan (apparently in her only acting role), Josephine Byrnes and Richard Wilson.
The first three episodes of the TV series, drawing on some 400 of the 623 pages of Noel Barber's book, cover the Second World War period, introducing a theme of anti-Britishness among some islanders that, Mana excepted, was not in the original.
The final episode departs almost entirely from the novel, and covers the evacuation of nearly all the Europeans in anticipation of a Japanese invasion and includes some unconvincing schoolboy-type rescue heroics.
The conclusion features some emotional hand-wringing and a romantic happy ending - though I was left wondering what happened on the island for the rest of the war.
The settings were great, the photography good, the acting average. The prurient may wish to note that the island girls are covered up, unlike in the novel.
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