Bryan Brown
Director: Daryl Duke Cast: Bryan Brown
Bryan Brown
, Joan Chen
Joan Chen
, John Stanton
John Stanton
Daryl Duke


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Daryl Duke directed this epic adventure, based on James Clavell's best-selling novel, concerning the battle for control of the China trade in early 19th-century Hong Kong. The film takes place in 1842 on the China Coast, where the Chinese object to the British imperialist policy of buying opium from the Chinese and then selling it back to them at a higher price. As a result, British warships arrive to pound the recalcitrant Chinese into submission. The outcome of the assault is a treaty giving England the right to operate Hong Kong as a free-port. The problem is who will become the Tai-Pan, or British merchant ruler of Hong Kong? The battle lines for the position are drawn between two swashbucklers -- Dirk Struan (Bryan Brown), a skipping and jumping buccaneer, and Tyler Brock (John Stanton), a weaselly cheat. Brock makes the first move by forcing Straun into bankruptcy, but, thanks to the help of the local prostitute May-May (Joan Chen), who has a score to settle with Brock, Straun is able to raise the money at the last minute. This enrages Brock, who remains bitter through the years and finally confronts Straun in a climactic sword fight.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/06/2007
UPC: 4897007038404
Original Release: 1986
Source: Imports
Sales rank: 14,827

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bryan Brown Dirk Struan/Tai-Pan
Joan Chen May-May
John Stanton Tyler Brock
Tim Guinee Culum Struan
Bill Leadbitter Gorth Brock
Russell Wong Gordon Chen
Kyra Sedgwick Tess Brock
Janine Turner Shevaun Tillman
John Bennett Orlov
Derrick Branche Vargas
Jovita Adrineda Servant Girl
Bob Appleby British Merchant
Vic Armstrong Drunken Sailor
Dickey Beer Brock's Crew
Chen Kuan-Tai Wung
Chan Lub Bun Elderly Chinese Woman
Rosemarie Dunham Mrs. Fotheringill
Robert Easton Zergeyev
Richard Foo Lin Din
Nicholas Gecks Horatio
Carol Gillies Mrs. Brock
Pat Gorman British Merchant
Tim Guince Culum
Michael Gwynne Cooper
Billy Horrigan Brock's Crew
Denise Kellogg Nude Model
Barbara Keogh Mrs. Quance
Kwang Pan Kwang Kuo
Joycelyne Lew Beaten Whore
Lisa Lu Ah Gip
Bronco McLoughlin Brock's Crew
Leslie Peterkin Piper
Bert Remsen Tillman
Patrick Ryecart Capt. Glessing
Ian Sheridan British Merchant
Chen Shu Chen Sheng
Siu Kam Executioner
Rob Spendlove Nagrek
Job Stewart Dr. Gonzalez
Patty Toy Poxed Whore
Mac Wheater British Merchant
Charles Woods British Merchant
Zhang Jie Liln
Katy Behean Mary Sinclair
Norman Rodway Aristotle Quance
Chuang Cheng Jin Qua

Technical Credits
Daryl Duke Director
Vic Armstrong Stunts
Pier Luigi Basile Art Director
John Bloomfield Costumes/Costume Designer
John Briley Screenwriter
Jack Cardiff Cinematographer
Raffaella de Laurentiis Producer
Giannetto De Rossi Makeup
Giorgio Desideri Set Decoration/Design
Benjamin Fernandez Art Director
Antony Gibbs Editor
Maurice Jarre Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Stanley Mann Screenwriter
Tony Masters Production Designer
Edward Percival Costumes/Costume Designer
Kit West Special Effects
Larry Yust Screenwriter

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