Ian Struan Dunross is chairman of Struan & Co, the oldest and largest of the British-East Asia trading companies. To the Chinese, that also makes him "Tai-Pan" ("supreme leader") of the "... See full summary »
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 Ian Dunross (4 episodes, 1988)
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 Casey Tcholok (4 episodes, 1988)
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 Linc Bartlett (4 episodes, 1988)
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 Quillan Gornt (4 episodes, 1988)
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 Orlanda Ramos (4 episodes, 1988)
Khigh Dhiegh ...
 Four Finger Wu (4 episodes, 1988)
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 Supt. Armstrong (4 episodes, 1988)
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 Philip Chen (4 episodes, 1988)
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 Claudia Chen (4 episodes, 1988)
John Van Dreelen ...
 Jacques DeVille (4 episodes, 1988)
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 Paul Choy (4 episodes, 1988)
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 Brian Kwok (4 episodes, 1988)
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 Ah Tam (4 episodes, 1988)
Damien Thomas ...
 Lando Mata (4 episodes, 1988)
Dudley Sutton ...
 Commissioner Roger Crosse (4 episodes, 1988)
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 Tsu-Yan (4 episodes, 1988)
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 Venus Poon (4 episodes, 1988)
Steven Vincent Leigh ...
 John Chen (4 episodes, 1988)
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 Sir Geoffrey Allison (4 episodes, 1988)
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 Alastair Struan (4 episodes, 1988)
Harris Laskawy
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Leon Lissek ...
 Christian Toxe (4 episodes, 1988)
Keith Bonnard ...
 Tip Tok-Toh (4 episodes, 1988)
Edward Petherbridge ...
 Jason Plumm (4 episodes, 1988)
Bennett Ohta ...
 Richard Kwang (4 episodes, 1988)
Brian Fong ...
 Goodweather Poon (4 episodes, 1988)
Helen Funai ...
 Mrs. Kwang (4 episodes, 1988)
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David Shaughnessy
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 Baldhead Kin (4 episodes, 1988)
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 Havergill (4 episodes, 1988)
David Henry ...
 Bruce Johnjohn (4 episodes, 1988)
George Innes ...
 Travkin (4 episodes, 1988)
Choy-Ling Man ...
 Mary Li (4 episodes, 1988)
Pip Miller ...
 Inspector Smyth (4 episodes, 1988)
Duncan Preston ...
 Pugmire (4 episodes, 1988)
Michael Siberry ...
 Linbar Struan (4 episodes, 1988)
Vincent Wong ...
 Lim Chu (4 episodes, 1988)
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 Smallpox Kin (4 episodes, 1988)
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Ian Struan Dunross is chairman of Struan & Co, the oldest and largest of the British-East Asia trading companies. To the Chinese, that also makes him "Tai-Pan" ("supreme leader") of the "Noble House". Unfortunately, with his power, he inherits ancient promises, dark secrets and deep financial problems on a small island full of people who want to see Struan's fall so they can become the Noble House. Dunross' worst enemy is the vicious Quillan Gornt, a lesser tai-pan, and he's doing everything in his power to bring the Noble House to ruin. Drawn into the fight between Gornt and Dunross is an upstart American billionaire who tries to gain a foothold on the Hong Kong market and has made a deal to steal something that will give him power, even over the Noble House. Unfortunately, that something has fallen into the hands of a powerful Chinese overlord. "Everybody was watching [and cheating on] everybody." Who will succeed in the end? Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de> and Phoenix Roberts

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John Rhys-Davies who played Quillan Gornt in Noble House (1988) played Vasco Rodrigues in Shogun (1980). Both of the mini series are based on novels by James Clavell. See more »

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Ian Dunross: [reading from the legacy of company founder, Dirk Struan, in the family Bible] "To whomsoever gives me the other half of any of these coins, I will grant one favor."
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The cast makes it worth watching
6 November 2005 | by (Grand Rapids) – See all my reviews

The novel of Noble House is one of the most detailed and riveting books you could ever want to read......which is a problem when you want to distill a 1000+ page novel into a movie or mini-series. These guys pulled it off though, using a very truncated version of the story.......and while this was made before War and Remembrance killed off the epic network mini-series, it was probably too expensive to make it much longer.

The cast is letter perfect though, especially if you're a fan of the books. Once you see them on screen you can't imagine anyone else in these roles, even if you re-read the books after viewing the series. Pierce Brosnan, by and large one of the few recognizable names to most American viewers, just inhales Ian Dunross, and John Rhys-Davies (who is now much more famous than he was then) is one of the great villains of all time as Quillan Gornt. Deborah Raffin and Ben Masters, who play the Americans Casey Tcholak and Linc Bartlett, are names I wasn't familiar with, but they give such true performances that I'm disappointed that they didn't get more of a bounce off of this. The other supporting parts were done very well, and added to the atmosphere.

The only thing that I don't like about the mini-series is that its not out on DVD yet, even with Pierce being so much more famous now than then. It'll come though, and I'll be first in line when it does.

Oh yeah, it's worth noting that in a way the mini-series on network TV has come back, they just call them regular series such as 24 and Lost.


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