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Tai-Pan (1986)

Tai-Pan is Chinese for "supreme leader". This is the man with real power to his hands. And such a Tai-Pan is Dirk Struan who is obsessed by his plan to make Hong Kong the "jewel in the ... See full summary »

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Dirk Struan
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John Stanton ...
Tyler Brock
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Gorth Brock
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Gordon Chen
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Mary Sinclair
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Tess Brock
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Shevaun Tillman
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Aristotle Quance
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Tai-Pan is Chinese for "supreme leader". This is the man with real power to his hands. And such a Tai-Pan is Dirk Struan who is obsessed by his plan to make Hong Kong the "jewel in the crown of her British Majesty". In 1841 he achieves his goal but he has many enemies who try to destroy his plans. Will they succeed? Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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7 November 1986 (USA)  »

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James Clavell's Tai-Pan  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,007,250 (USA)
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The artist character of Aristotle Quance played by is likely to have been loosely based by novelist James Clavell in his "Tai-Pan" (1966) novel on George Chinnery. See more »

Goofs

In a scene, set in 1841, several of the ladies were wearing bright mauve outfits. That would have been most unlikely for the wives of middle class traders at that time as the color purple was prohibitively expensive before the invention of analine dyes in London - in 1856. By 1870 these gaudy colors had become so cheap and commonplace that it became a status symbol to mimic the subtler, paler colors of the pre analine dye days. See more »


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Music by Adrien Talexy
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why the accents
21 February 2005 | by (Surrey, England) – See all my reviews

Poor acting from most and the director seemed so insistent of being true to the book there was very little excitement and a lot of needless dialogue. Who wrote the screenplay and did they ever work again. It is the worst I've ever seen Bryan Brown do. I couldn't get past his Scottish accent which was too thick when he remembered it and not at all when he didn't. Janine Turner cannot do a Southern States American accent either. It was painful to sit through. When you work from a best seller than a mini series on TV would give it more depth. To pack it in to 90 minutes of movie then you have to sacrifice a lot of the book to do the film justice - as with the Godfather for example. I might watch it again and pretend it's a comedy.......... no not enough laughs 1/10


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