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Theo Staats arrives on the rubber plantation of his uncle in the Dutch East Indies, the Tropic of Emerald. He meets Ems, the stunning singer at the club and falls in love at first sight. Ems, from a poor half-blood family, does not want to abandon her Dutch husband, but cannot suppress her feelings. Tropic Of Emerald follows their passionate affair for ten years: from 1939 when the Dutch enjoy their colonial power without concern; via the Japanese invasion in 1942 and the difficult war years that separate the lovers; right up to the struggle that led to Indonesian independence in 1949, when they face a fresh choice.


Production Design
Production company
Emerald Films
Distributor NL
Universal Pictures Licensing Benelux

Title: Gordel van smaragd
Year: 1997
Duration : 2 hours, 5 minutes
Category: Feature film
Edition: NFF 1997

Gouden Kalf nominees

Beste Lange Speelfilm (1997)
Wim Lehnhausen
Beste Lange Speelfilm (1997)
Orlow Seunke

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