Ian Struan Dunross is chairman of Struan & Company, the oldest and largest of the British-East Asia trading companies. To the Chinese, that also makes him "Tai-Pan" ("supreme leader") of ... 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)
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 Jacques DeVille (4 episodes, 1988)
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 Paul Choy (4 episodes, 1988)
Kay Tong Lim ...
 Brian Kwok (4 episodes, 1988)
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 Ah Tam (4 episodes, 1988)
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 Lando Mata (4 episodes, 1988)
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 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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 Christian Toxe (4 episodes, 1988)
Keith Bonnard ...
 Tip Tok-Toh (4 episodes, 1988)
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 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)
(4 episodes, 1988)
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)
Galen Yuen ...
 Smallpox Kin (4 episodes, 1988)
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Ian Struan Dunross is chairman of Struan & Company, 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 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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In one explosive moment, nothing matters but survival


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James Clavell's Noble House  »

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James Clavell, author of the novel, is represented in that book by a writer named "Marlowe". Marlowe is not portrayed in the film, but his wife is. She's the pregnant woman who jumps off the burning restaurant with Linc Barlett. 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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Follows Tai-Pan (1986) See more »

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One of Brosnan's Best
20 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a surprisingly good mini series. The story is cast in Hong Kong, and there's dynamics in doing business there that we people of the west don't quite understand. Noble House captures that and then some. The glamor and opulence of belonging to the richest elite in Hong Kong's business circle sets the tone for the entire story. Things that will be taboo in the west is permitted there like having concubines, and going to parties with them (instead of your wife !), and old guys are actually flaunting it to show off their wealth and virility ! But of course all this has price to pay and everyone is paying in this story.

The story is loosely based on an actual existing trading company - Jardine Matheson Holdings, and the building that is portrayed as Struans' headquarter was the actual Jardine Matheson and company's headquarter in Hong Kong, before relocating to Bermuda in anticipation of Hong Kong's repatriation to China in '97.

Pierce Brosnan is at his best as the Tai Pan of the Noble House (Struan's), and cast of characters surrounding him are equally glamorous (like Tia Carrerie, Julia Nickson). Overall, a great fun to watch, but make sure you set aside enough time because it's 6 hours of non-stop entertainment.


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