Tai-Pan


2h 7m 1986

Brief Synopsis

In 1842, the Chinese are outraged by the British imperialists who buy opium from them and then sell it back at a higher price. In response to this anger, the British send warships to the China Coast to maintain control. This results in a treaty which gives England the right to use Hong Kong as a fre

Film Details

Also Known As
Tai Pan
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1986
Distribution Company
DE LAURENTIIS COMPANY/PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Location
Zhu Hai, China; Macau, China; Dashi Island, China; Guangzour, China; Hong Kong; Coloane, China

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 7m

Synopsis

In 1842, the Chinese are outraged by the British imperialists who buy opium from them and then sell it back at a higher price. In response to this anger, the British send warships to the China Coast to maintain control. This results in a treaty which gives England the right to use Hong Kong as a free-port, and necessitates finding a Tai-Pan, who will be the British ruler of merchant trade in Hong Kong. Buccaneer Dirk Struan and dishonest Tyler Brock vie for the position. After Brock forces Struan into backruptcy, a prostitute named May-May helps Struan raise the money he needs to succeed and he takes the post. Many years later, Brock's bitterness surfaces and the two men fight it out with swords.

Crew

Jose Achiam

Production Assistant

Vic Armstrong

Stunt Coordinator

Poping Auyeung

Casting

John S Baker

Special Effects

Maria Teresa Barbasso

Assistant Art Director

Pierluigi Basile

Art Director

Donah Bassett

Negative Cutting

Bert Batt

Production Supervisor

Dickey Beer

Stunts

John Bloomfield

Costume Designer

Derek G Brechin

Assistant Editor

John Briley

Screenplay

Jack Cardiff

Camera Operator

Jack Cardiff

Director Of Photography

Chaplin Chang

Other

Miguel Chang

Assistant Art Director

E.c. Chen

Other

James Clavell

Source Material (From Novel)

David Coobs

Production Assistant

Joe D'agosta

Casting

Eduardo De La Grana

Production Assistant

Dino De Laurentiis

Executive Producer

Raffaella De Laurentiis

Producer

Giannetto De Rossi

Makeup

Emilio Ruiz Del Rio

Visual Effects

Mirella Sforza Derossi

Hairdresser

Giorgio Desideri

On-Set Dresser

Les Devis

Assistant Camera Operator

Ron Downing

Property Master

Peter Dunlop

Props Buyer

Anne-marie Favelle

Assistant

Erick J. Feitshans

Production Assistant

Erick J. Feitshans

Transportation

Benjamin Fernandez

Art Director

Paul Fonoroff

Other

Dino Galliano

Special Effects

Franco Giannini

Makeup

Anthony Gibbs

Editor

Jeremy Gibbs

Sound Editor

Sherrye Gibbs

Production Assistant

Kenneth Gittens

Special Effects

Avram D Gold

Adr Editor

Mary Goldberg

Casting

Peter Grant

Property Master

Alberto Grassi

Generator Operator

John Gruetzner

Production Assistant

John Haptas

Sound Mixer

Hester Hargett-aupetit

Assistant

Jim Harrison

Music Editor

Gerhard Hentschel

Camera

Ron Hone

Special Effects

Billy Horrigan

Stunts

Gerd Huber

Other

Maurice Jarre

Music

Maurice Jarre

Music Conductor

Michael Jones

Other

Rick Kline

Sound

Peter Kramper

Music

Leonida Lamoratta

Generator Operator

Mary Etta Lang

Other

Jose Lopez Rodero

Assistant Director

Jose Lopez Rodero

Unit Production Manager

Jose Lopez Rodero

Associate Producer

Antonio Maltempo

Makeup

Stanley Mann

Screenplay

Julia Mansford

Wardrobe

Giancarlo Marin

Hairdresser

Dominic Masters

Other

Giles Masters

Other

Tony Masters

Production Designer

Luciano Arroyo Matas

Other

Bronco Mcloughlin

Stunts

Michael Menzies

Production Associate

Bill Messing

Production Assistant

Donald O Mitchell

Sound

Wayne Morna

Other

Billy Ng

Special Effects

Bob Nolan

Negative Cutting

Kevin O'connell

Sound

Golda Offenheim

Production Coordinator

Elaine Oldman

Other

Christopher Palmer

Assistant

Anselmo Parrinello

Unit Manager

Tim Lewis Payne

Production Assistant

Edward Percival

Costumes

Kevin Phipps

Assistant Art Director

Chris Pinnock

Camera Focus Puller

Martin Diaz Porras

Wardrobe

Juan Clemente Prosper

Unit Manager

Nicholas Raine

Assistant

Alvaro Romagnoli

Gaffer

Augusto Salvati

Special Effects

Sergio Serantoni

Key Grip

Adriana Sforza

Hairdresser

Fabrizio Sforza

Makeup

Rose Tobias Shaw

Casting

Orazio Sinacore

Best Boy

Martin Diaz Solaz

Wardrobe Assistant

Nelson Stroll

Sound Mixer

O J Tang

Other

Pietro Tenoglio

Makeup

David Tondeur

Other

Alberto Tosto

Set Decorator

Fernando Valento

Construction Coordinator

Debbie Van Hock

Accountant

Debbie Van Hock

Other

Charles Wang

Production Associate

Mayling Wang

Unit Manager

Roz Ward

Other

Anne Warner

Script Supervisor

Kit West

Visual Effects Supervisor

Stephen Wheeler

Props

George Whitear

Photography

Beverly Wiggan

Other

Les Wiggins

Sound Editor

Deborah Wong

Production Assistant

Trevor Wood

Special Effects

Alan Yearwood

Production Assistant

Film Details

Also Known As
Tai Pan
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1986
Distribution Company
DE LAURENTIIS COMPANY/PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Location
Zhu Hai, China; Macau, China; Dashi Island, China; Guangzour, China; Hong Kong; Coloane, China

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 7m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall November 7, 1986

Completed shooting March 4, 1986.

Began shooting October 18, 1985.

This film represents the first extensive production agreement between an American filmmaker and China.

Released in United States Fall November 7, 1986