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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 ... 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

Gross USA:

$4,007,250
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Though an American production of the USA, the picture had two top-billed lead male stars who were both Australian actors, they being Bryan Brown and John Stanton. See more »

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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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Featured in At the Movies: 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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The Second-Worst Film I've Ever Seen
3 December 1999 | by karlpallSee all my reviews

As a movie reviewer for my college newspaper, I often was told: "You've got a great job, you get paid to go to movies." My standard answer was: "It's not that great - I had to sit through 'Tai-Pan'." The only movie that has given me more pain was "Ishtar."


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