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Tai-Pan (1986)

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 ... See full summary »

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

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7 November 1986 (USA)  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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The meaning of the "Tai-Pan" title phrase is "trade leader" according to show-business trade paper 'Variety' or "supreme leader" according to the DVD sleeve notes. According to website 'Wikipedia', a tai-pan is "literally [a] 'top class', or 'big shot' . . . a senior business executive or entrepreneur operating in China or Hong Kong". See more »

Goofs

In a scene, set in 1841, several of the ladies were wearing bright mauve outfits. That would have been most unlikely for the wives of middle class traders at that time as the color purple was prohibitively expensive before the invention of analine dyes in London - in 1856. By 1870 these gaudy colors had become so cheap and commonplace that it became a status symbol to mimic the subtler, paler colors of the pre analine dye days. See more »

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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1986 (1987) See more »

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Mazurka
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Music by Adrien Talexy
Arranged by Trevor L. Sharpe
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Too much in too short a time
25 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

I agree with other comments that this should have been a miniseries but on HBO not commercial TV. The scenes with the various women would have been destroyed with censorship. I believe that it did give an accurate "feel" to the times and events depicted.

Upon viewing this I immediately ordered the book ( I had ignored it due to some disappointment at Nobel House ). Also bit the bullet and ordered Shogun the miniseries. Mr. Clavell's work s are to be appreciated even in movies that fall short. I do wish Bryan Brown had a better accent but Joan Chen mimicked it perfectly.

The supporting cast both western and oriental were excellent. Also the "few" ships used were great. Now I want Noble House on DVD.


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