This story of Hong Kong's development as a trading port is simply too complex for a film that runs just over two hours. With its myriad players, numerous subplots, and broad time span, TAI-PAN quickly degenerates into a confusing, often ludicrous drama. Dirk Struan (Bryan Brown), dubbed
"Tai-Pan" by all who know him, is a robust Scotsman who takes his trading fleet to the rocky island of Hong Kong, where he intends to build his own port. His son Culum (Tim Guinee) suddenly arrives from Scotland, announcing that the rest of the family has dropped dead from plague. But Struan is
having some troubles with Brock (John Stanton), a cruel rival whose brutish son Gorth (Bi...