- Composed by Maurice Jarre
- Varèse Sarabande CD Club / 2012 / 37m
The second of James Clavell’s “Asian saga” of novels, Tai-Pan reached the big screen in 1986, twenty years after the novel had been published. Set in Hong Kong in the aftermath of the First Opium War between Britain and China in the mid-19th century, the film focuses on the rivalry between the heads of two large trading companies, each seeking to be number one. Filmed (with great political difficulty and necessitating much censorship) in China, it was an ambitious, large-scale production overseen by Raffaella de Laurentiis and directed by the Canadian Daryl Duke; but when it was finally released the film was met with almost universal critical disdain and proved to be a box office disaster.