Tai-Pan (1986)




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Based on James Clavell's sweeping novel of the same name, this epic is about Scotsman trader Dirk Struan, a man who sought to establish Hong Kong as a successful port of commerce. Set in the mid-19th century, it includes subplots involving Dirk's son Culum who arrives on the scene from Scotland to announce his family as the plague's latest victims; rival Brock and his son Gorth who complicate things with their malevolence; mistress May-May with her turmoils; and Culum's enamored admirer Tess, … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: John Briley, Stanley Mann, Larry Yust
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 1, 2004
Vestron Video



as Dirk Struan/Tai-Pan

as Tyler Brock

as May-May

as Culum Struan

as Gordon

as Quance

as Servant Girl

as British Merchant

as Jin Qua

as Capt. Glessing

as Horatio

as Mrs. Brock

as Elderly Chinese Woma...

as Tillman

as Mrs. Quance

as Ah Gip

as Mrs. Fotheringill

as Zergeyev

as Chen Sheng

as Kwang Kuo

as Lin Din

as Executioner

as Beaten Whore

as Dr. Gonzales

as Nude Model

as British Merchant

as British Merchant

as British Merchant

as Drunken Sailor

as Brock's Crew

as Brock's Crew

as Poxed Whore

as British Merchant

as Jin Qua

as Brock's Crew
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Critic Reviews for Tai-Pan

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Although the film as the first American feature to be shot in the People's Republic of China, there is little visual evidence for this accomplishment.

| August 25, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Tai-Pan

A story of early Hong Kong. Precursor to the TV mini series Noble House, which is not listable but starred Piers Brosnan.

Chris Ross Leong

At first you think your going to get an mgm spectacular with how it begins. Then it goes down hill from there. You can tell it was made in the 80's. The lead actor just makes u not like him.
It glorifies opium smugglers but whats interesting is that it really added to the city/countries growth. Sad ending.

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