It is the early 19th century, when European traders and adventurers first began to penetrate the forbidding Chinese mainland. And it is in this exciting time and exotic place that a giant of an Englishman, Dirk Straun, sets out to turn the desolate island of Hong Kong into an impregnable fortress of British power, and to make himself supreme ruler…Tai-Pan! Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions.
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The director, Daryl Duke, shows an infallible talent for accentuating the obvious. Walter Goodman. Paul Attanasio. The embodiment of those old movie posters where the title is hewn from solid rock and tiny figures scale it with cannons strapped to their backs, while the bosoms of their women heave in the foreground.
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The film takes place in 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 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. Daryl Duke. Jun 1, John Stanton as Tyler Brock. Joan Chen as May-May. Tim Guinee as Culum Struan. Bill Leadbitter as Gorth. Russell Wong as Gordon.
Katy Behean as Mary. Kyra Sedgwick as Tess. Janine Turner as Shevaun. Norman Rodway as Quance. John Bennett as Orlov. Jovita Adrineda as Servant Girl. Derrick Branche as Vargas. Chang Cheng as Jin Qua. Bob Appleby as British Merchant. Patrick Ryecart as Capt. Nicholas Gecks as Horatio. Dickey Beer as Brock's Crew.
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Clavell is best known as the author of his Asian Saga novels, a number of which have had television adaptations. Clavell also authored such screenplays as those for The Fly based on the short story by George Langelaan and The Great Escape based on the personal account of Paul Brickhill. Clavell was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School , after which he returned to Australia. During , Clavell joined the Royal Artillery.
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It is the second book in Clavell's Asian Saga. Although the island is largely uninhabited and the terrain unfriendly, it has a large natural harbour that both the British government and various trading companies believe will be useful for the import of merchandise to be traded in mainland China , a highly lucrative market. Although the novel features many characters , it is Dirk Struan and Tyler Brock , former shipmates and the owners of two massive fictional trading companies who are the main focal points of the story. Their rocky and often abusive relationship as seamen initiated an intense amount of competitive tension.
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