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Tai-Pan (1986)

Historical fiction set against the backdrop of Hong Kong in its early years of British rule.

Director:

Daryl Duke

Writers:

John Briley (screenplay), James Clavell (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bryan Brown ... Dirk Struan
Joan Chen ... May-May
John Stanton ... Tyler Brock
Tim Guinee ... Culum Struan
Bill Leadbitter Bill Leadbitter ... Gorth Brock
Russell Wong ... Gordon Chen
Katy Behean Katy Behean ... Mary Sinclair
Kyra Sedgwick ... Tess Brock
Janine Turner ... Shevaun Tillman
Norman Rodway ... Aristotle Quance
John Bennett ... Orlov
Derrick Branche Derrick Branche ... Vargas
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vic Armstrong ... Drunken Sailor
Dickey Beer ... Brecks's Crew
Phil Chatterton Tongplaw Phil Chatterton Tongplaw ... Boatswain
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Smuggler. Prince. Murderer. Father. Sinner. Saint. See more »

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

James Clavell's Tai-Pan See more »

Filming Locations:

China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,863,469, 9 November 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,007,250
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was made and released about exactly twenty years after its source novel "Tai-Pan" by James Clavell had been first published in 1966. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the movie a man is seen being executed by decapitation. As the next victim is brought to the executioner, there is no blood splatter seen from the previous killing. See more »

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Soundtracks

Mazurka
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Music by Adrien Talexy
Arranged by Trevor L. Sharpe
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Not bad!
5 September 2005 | by rbischoffSee all my reviews

I found this movie to follow the novel pretty closely, considering of course that the novel is about 900 pages and the movie is only two hours! While not of the same outstanding caliber of adaptation as the Shogun miniseries, it nevertheless manages to generate some excitement and give a flavor for the happenings of that period, during which the colony of Hong Kong was founded.

Joan Chen was especially good as Mai-Mai, and all the other parts were at least adequately cast. The locations, sets and production values were of uniformly good quality. The only thing lacking was enough time to tell a story this long and complex--in such a short production one only has time to hit the high points of the plot. But it was enjoyable nevertheless.


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