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Noble House 

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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1988  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Pierce Brosnan ...  Ian Dunross 4 episodes, 1988
Deborah Raffin ...  Casey Tcholok 4 episodes, 1988
Ben Masters ...  Linc Bartlett 4 episodes, 1988
John Rhys-Davies ...  Quillan Gornt 4 episodes, 1988
Julia Nickson ...  Orlanda Ramos 4 episodes, 1988
Khigh Dhiegh ...  Four Finger Wu 4 episodes, 1988
Gordon Jackson ...  Supt. Armstrong 4 episodes, 1988
Burt Kwouk ...  Philip Chen 4 episodes, 1988
Nancy Kwan ...  Claudia Chen 4 episodes, 1988
John Van Dreelen ...  Jacques DeVille 4 episodes, 1988
Ping Wu ...  Paul Choy 4 episodes, 1988
Kay Tong Lim Kay Tong Lim ...  Brian Kwok 4 episodes, 1988
Lisa Lu ...  Ah Tam 4 episodes, 1988
Damien Thomas ...  Lando Mata 4 episodes, 1988
Dudley Sutton ...  Commissioner Roger Crosse 4 episodes, 1988
Ric Young ...  Tsu-Yan 4 episodes, 1988
Tia Carrere ...  Venus Poon 4 episodes, 1988
Steven Vincent Leigh Steven Vincent Leigh ...  John Chen 4 episodes, 1988
John Houseman ...  Sir Geoffrey Allison 4 episodes, 1988
Denholm Elliott ...  Alastair Struan 4 episodes, 1988
Harris Laskawy Harris Laskawy 4 episodes, 1988
Leon Lissek ...  Christian Toxe 4 episodes, 1988
Keith Bonnard Keith Bonnard ...  Tip Tok-Toh 4 episodes, 1988
Edward Petherbridge ...  Jason Plumm 4 episodes, 1988
Bennett Ohta Bennett Ohta ...  Richard Kwang 4 episodes, 1988
Brian Fong Brian Fong ...  Goodweather Poon 4 episodes, 1988
Helen Funai Helen Funai ...  Mrs. Kwang 4 episodes, 1988
Irene Tsu 4 episodes, 1988
David Shaughnessy 4 episodes, 1988
John Fujioka ...  Baldhead Kin 4 episodes, 1988
Richard Durden ...  Havergill 4 episodes, 1988
David Henry David Henry ...  Bruce Johnjohn 4 episodes, 1988
George Innes ...  Travkin 4 episodes, 1988
Choy-Ling Man Choy-Ling Man ...  Mary Li 4 episodes, 1988
Pip Miller Pip Miller ...  Inspector Smyth 4 episodes, 1988
Duncan Preston ...  Pugmire 4 episodes, 1988
Michael Siberry ...  Linbar Struan 4 episodes, 1988
Vincent Wong Vincent Wong ...  Lim Chu 4 episodes, 1988
Galen Yuen 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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Pierce Brosnan played a character named Ian Dunross in this miniseries. Brosnan played a character named Julian Noble in The Matador (2005). See more »

Quotes

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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The cast makes it worth watching
6 November 2005 | by horlanSee 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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English

Release Date:

21 February 1988 (USA) See more »

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