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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare gem.
John Dexter (Christopher Bowen) is a dashing young Englishman from Singapore's wealthiest merchant family.Julie Soong (Khym Lam) is a breathtakingly beautiful young girl from one of the island's most respected Chinese families.Their love is forbidden but nothing is as tempting as forbidden fruit..........
Banished to opposite sides of the world by their families,the...
Published on 10 April 2008 by S. Turnbull

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1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
Having read Noel Barber's book many years ago and loved it we looked forward to watching this. What a disappointment. The story line had been badly chopped about and the two 'stars' were wooden and unconvincing and the entire production was badly put together. Since watching the film we have read the book again and enjoyed it thoroughly so it wasn't the passage of time...
Published on 20 Jun. 2012 by marnei


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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare gem., 10 April 2008
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This review is from: Tanamera: Lion of Singapore [1989] [DVD] (DVD)
John Dexter (Christopher Bowen) is a dashing young Englishman from Singapore's wealthiest merchant family.Julie Soong (Khym Lam) is a breathtakingly beautiful young girl from one of the island's most respected Chinese families.Their love is forbidden but nothing is as tempting as forbidden fruit..........
Banished to opposite sides of the world by their families,the young lovers try to build new lives apart but are drawn back by fate to Singapore just as the second world war engulfs the world.Through the maelstrom and horror of the Japanese invasion they must fight to keep their love and help rebuild their shattered paradise in the dangerous peace that follows.
This 7 part series was originally broadcast in 1989 and is full of romance and action.It was an instant hit and it's easy to see why.Lush cinematography and a superb cast all come together to make this a forgotten classic of British television.Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tanamera Lion of Singapore, 5 Dec. 2010
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As I served in the RAF in Singapore during the 1950's this film was particularly poignant to me, my wife and myself thoroughly enjoyed the series, waiting to watch the next episode eagerly. The film sets were wonderful and the story lines brilliant, disappointed when the series ended, would recommend to all enthusiasts of series of this nature,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories of the Good Old Days, 2 July 2009
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An epic story based on one of Noel Barber's wonderful books. It is a very accurate historical story and a joy to watch especially if you have ever lived in Malaya or Singapore. Old and young viewers alike will enjoy this video as it is also a romance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maverick, 1 April 2011
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Noel Barber's first novel. Having been a top class foreign correspondent with a leading newspaper for many years and lived in Singapore, as well as writing two acclaimed histories covering the fall of the island in 1942 and the post-war fight against the communists in what was then Malaya, Noel Barber has woven absolute historical fact and personages into this wonderful saga, which touches on the rise of Singapore and then concentrates on the lives of two leading families, one English and one Chinese, from 1921 until 1948. His journalistic style ensures that there is no superfluous padding and that the story races along at such a speed that one never wants to apply the brakes. As always with Barber's novels, there is a perfect ending that enhances the pleasure of reading such a well written and truly memorable book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed, 20 Jun. 2012
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Having read Noel Barber's book many years ago and loved it we looked forward to watching this. What a disappointment. The story line had been badly chopped about and the two 'stars' were wooden and unconvincing and the entire production was badly put together. Since watching the film we have read the book again and enjoyed it thoroughly so it wasn't the passage of time that had changed our opinions. We would not have given any star but had no choice but to give it one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good watching material for winter, or duvet days, 17 Nov. 2014
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Draw the curtains, light the fire, and watch the men in dinner jackets swanning around in Malaya... I got this because I wanted something else to watch after Jewel in the Crown, another 80s series, this one from the BBC. While Tanamera was not as good as Jewel in the Crown, I did enjoy it and even watched the whole series at one go while having a duvet day!
The background music is far too intrusive, butI enjoyed the locations and period details. Have bought the book too, as other viewers have commented that it's better than the TV series.
Recommended if you like end-of-an-era Colonial dramas, with jungle warfare thrown in.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Loved the story - one of the best of Noel ..., 22 Oct. 2014
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Loved the story - one of the best of Noel Barber. You should read the book really. This is a worthy look at the locations - I wanted to see a bit of Singapore, having been there many years ago and lived in SEA. The acting is dire, the direction is bizarre but I enjoyed it anyway. You can see what they were trying to do, I just hope it didn't cost them too much - but it was ITV in the 80s. Some background location shots are played over several times and it became quite good fun to spot them. You might like it but you need to be doing something else at the same time!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tanamera - Lion of Singapore, 12 July 2010
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Having read the book many years ago I was entranced by the story and the characters, so much so that when I visited Singapore, I went looking for the places in the book. Unfortunately the film did not live up to the book.
Some of the acting was abismal especially that of the leading man plus the casting left a lot to be desired. The film skipped large chunks of the book which rather spoilt it somewhat. On the good side, the sceanery of Singapore and the essence of wartime was all there, which made you realize what a beautiful place Singapore was before it was ruined by the building of dozens of skyscrapers. I have to remember though, that this is an old film made for television, more that twenty years ago and it is difficult to compare with one made today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tanamera, 19 Dec. 2013
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Brilliant. Very well written and interesting historical fact s well s true life romance. Suitable for all adults any time
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tanamera, 8 May 2011
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This screenplay bears little relation to Noel Barber's brilliant and gripping story; don't expect the dramatisation to be an accurate reflection of what you have read, you will be very disappointed. Having said that, and given a decent gap between reading the book and watching the dramatisation, it's an entertaining insight into the war from the Singapore perspective. Acting is a bit woody (George Hammonds was faaaaab!!) but if you have ever lived in the Far East, the background sounds will transport you immediately...
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