Tutur Tinular (TV series)

Tutur Tinular is an Indonesian historical-drama radio series. Consists of 24 chapters with a total of 720 episodes, it was first aired in January 1989. At its prime, it was aired on 515 radio stations in Indonesia with millions of listeners. It was adapted to movies (Tutur Tinular I, II, III, IV) from 1989-1992. It was then adapted into a TV series produced by Genta Buana Pitaloka and first aired on ANTV on October 25, 1997.

Tutur Tinular
Also known asLegenda Arya Kamandanu
Created byGenta Buana Pitaloka
Written byImam Tantowi
Screenplay byImam Tantowi
Story byS.Tidjab
Directed byMuchlis Raya
Prof. Mu Tik Yen
StarringAnto Wijaya
Deivy Zulyanti Nasution
Murti Sari Dewi
Lie Yun Juan
Piet Ermas
Agus Kuncoro
Chairil JM
Country of originIndonesia
Original languageBahasa Indonesia
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes50 (series version)
27 (FTV version)
ProducerBudhi Sutrisno
Running time60 minutes
Production companyGenta Buana Pitaloka
Original release
ReleaseOctober 25, 1997 (1997-10-25) –
1999 (1999)

The 1997 TV series version is considered as one of the best adaptation of the radio series.





The story began when Kamandanu, a blacksmith's second son, was interested to an old sage, Ranubhaya who was an expert in martial arts. He started to study martial arts from Ranubhaya and learned that Ranubhaya was actually his father's schoolmate in weaponry. While Kamandanu's father chose to be a weapon supplier to government—at the time: Kingdom Singhasari, Ranubhaya chose to not cooperate with the government and isolate himself.

When the father learn the teacher-student relationship between his second son and Ranubhaya, he became angry and accused Ranubhaya as traitor and used the government army to attack Ranubhaya's shrine. The relationship between Kamandanu and his father became worse and Kamandanu wanderer as a warrior.

The story became more complex when Ranubhaya, which had survived from his house destruction, was kidnapped by Kubilai Khan's envoy who were amazed by his expertise in weaponry. Being a prisoner in China, he was forced to make a great sword, Nagapuspa (naga means dragon). Finishing the sword, he was murdered by the official who was afraid if Ranubhaya created another sword for rival of Nagapuspa. Before his death, he asked a warrior couple, Lo Si Shan and Mei Ling, to bring the sword to Che Po (Java Island, pronounced in old-china language) and give it to Kamandanu.

The story was continued by the involvement of Kamandanu in Raden Wijaya's troop, survivors of Singhasari kingdom after being attack by Kediri kingdom. The involvement repair the relationship between Kamandanu and his father, especially after his brother, Dwipangga betrayed them. Kamandanu helped Raden Wijaya create his own kingdom, Majapahit.

Tutur Tinular was started in Kertanegara's era (last king of Singhasari) and ended in Jayanegara's era (second king of Majapahit). It began when the main character was still young and ended when the main character had already old. It shows the development from an idealist young lad to a sage who didn't want to see the war again and isolated himself.

The development of other characters were also interesting. Dwipangga for example, began his life in this story as a physically weak poet. Then, he tried to changed his life by betrayed his family for golds of Kediri. After being beaten and humiliated by his own brother in front of his wife and his son, he studied martial-art and became a scary warrior, called as Penyair Berdarah (Bleeding Poet). After beaten by Kamandanu for the second time, he disappeared and forgotten until his daughter found him as a pitiful helpless blind old man.[1]


Number Recipients Category Awards Year Notes
01 Tutur Tinular Penghargaan Khusus Festival Film Bandung untuk Sinetron Festival Film Bandung 1998 Won
02 Chairil J.M. Pemeran Pembantu Pria Drama Seri Terbaik Festival Sinetron Indonesia 1998 1998 Won
03 Nani Somanegara Pemeran Pembantu Wanita Drama Seri Terbaik Festival Sinetron Indonesia 1998 1998 Nominated


  1. ^ "Review Tutur Tinular". IMDb.com.