The Price of Peace
|The Price of Peace|
|Opening theme||The Price of Peace (和平的代价) performed by Sebastian Tan|
|Country of origin||Singapore|
|No. of episodes||32|
|Running time||45 minutes per episode|
|Original channel||TCS Eighth Frequency
TCS Fifth Frequency
|Original run||30 June – 19 August 1997|
|Related shows||In Pursuit of Peace|
|The Price of Peace|
The Price of Peace is a Singaporean television drama set in Japanese-occupied Singapore during World War II. It was first aired on TCS Eighth Frequency (now MediaCorp Channel 8) on 30 June 1997. Although the drama was originally in Mandarin, an English-dubbed version was also broadcast on TCS Fifth Frequency (now MediaCorp Channel 5) in 1999. The drama has been rerun on MediaCorp Channel 8 several times since its premiere and its latest airing was in August 2013. The series is based on a 1995 book of the same title (published by Asiapac Books), which contains numerous first-hand accounts of war veterans and eyewitnesses.
The plot is divided into seven parts, each focusing on distinct themes and events.
|1||Unity in Adversity
|1-13||This part introduces Japanese aggression in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War and depicts the major relief efforts undertaken by the Singaporean Chinese community led by Tan Kah Kee. Featured events include the workers' strike at the Dungun tin mine and the Burma Road recruitment drive.|
|2||Eve of the Storm - 1941
暴风前夕 - 一九四一年
|13-18||This part depicts escalating tensions in Singapore prior to the Japanese invasion. Featured events include the establishment of air raid precautions.|
|18-23||This part depicts the Japanese invasion of Malaya and Singapore, resulting in the defeat of the British forces. Featured events include the establishment of the Overseas Chinese Mobilisation Council and the Battle of Singapore.|
|23-25||This part depicts the Sook Ching Massacre and Lim Bo Seng's establishment of a guerrilla network under Force 136.|
|5||Lim Bo Seng and Force 136
|26-29||This part depicts Force 136's espionage activities in Malaya, along with a glimpse of daily life in Japanese-occupied Singapore. Also featured are the heroic deeds of Elizabeth Choy.|
|6||Lim Bo Seng's Death
|29-32||This part depicts Lim Bo Seng's capture by the Japanese and his subsequent martyrdom. Also featured are the heroic deeds of Sybil Kathigasu.|
|7||The Price of Peace
|32||This concluding segment depicts the Japanese surrender and the honouring of Lim Bo Seng.|
On 7 July 1937, the Marco Polo Bridge Incident sparks off the Second Sino-Japanese War as Japan launches a full invasion on China. Dida Cheng, a deserter from the Chinese army, flees to Malaya, where he meets the opera singer Cuicui and a Japanese woman called Hideko. The three of them are drawn into a complex love triangle. Xie Guomin, an anti-Japanese activist, and Zhou Wenlong, the asthmatic son of a tailor shop owner, both fall in love with the porridge vendor Wang Qiumei. After Wang is publicly humiliated by an evil businessman, she is saved by Zhou and decides to marry him. However, she is already secretly pregnant with Xie's child. The relationship between the three of them becomes very strained.
After the Japanese occupied Singapore, they initiate the Sook Ching Massacre, in which thousands of Chinese are brutally killed and persecuted. Xie Guomin is arrested by the Kempeitai and becomes a hanjian and informer after succumbing to the enemy under torture. On the other hand, Dida Cheng becomes a resistance fighter and ally of Force 136 and he continues to fight the Japanese invaders to liberate Singapore.
Historical figures such as the war heroes Lim Bo Seng, Elizabeth Choy and Sybil Kathigasu, the philanthropist Tan Kah Kee, as well as notorious Japanese military figures like Ishibe Toshiro and Yoshimura Ekio, are featured as semi-fictional characters in the drama.
- Rayson Tan as Lim Bo Seng
- Xiang Yun as Elizabeth Choy
- Chen Shucheng as Tan Kah Kee
- Jacintha Abisheganaden as Sybil Kathigasu
- James Lye as Chen Dacheng (Dida Cheng)
- Lina Ng as Zhang Cuicui
- Christopher Lee as Xie Guomin
- Ivy Lee as Xiuxiu / Natsuki Hideko
- Carole Lin as Wang Qiumei
- Ryan Choo as Zhou Wenlong
- Bryan Chan as Zhang Ada
- Hong Huifang as Wang Jinfeng
- Brandon Wong as Fang Qinghua
- Ken Tay as Zhou Ren
- Chunyu Shanshan as Colonel Miura Kiyoe
- Guo Yikai as Ishibe Toshiro
- Wang Jinlong as Yoshimura Ekio
The opening theme song, which shares the same title as the series, was sung in Mandarin by Sebastian Tan (陈瑞彪). The main theme of the 1997 Hong Kong film The Soong Sisters, composed by Kitarō and Randy Miller, is also extensively used in the series.
The series was shot on location in Singapore at the now-defunct TV World in Tuas, as well as the Tan Teck Guan Building, Danish Seamen's Church, St. Andrew's School, Chung Cheng High School (Main) and Fairy Point Hill, among others. Extensive filming was also done in Ipoh, Malaysia.
Star Awards 1997
|Best Actor||Christopher Lee||Won|
|Best Actress||Carole Lin||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress||Hong Huifang||Won|
|Best Drama||The Price of Prace||Won|