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Based on James Clavell's sweeping novel of the same name, this epic is about Scotsman trader Dirk Struan, a man who sought to establish Hong Kong as a successful port of commerce. Set in the mid-19th century, it includes subplots involving Dirk's son Culum who arrives on the scene from Scotland to announce his family as the plague's latest victims; rival Brock and his son Gorth who complicate things with their malevolence; mistress May-May with her turmoils; and Culum's enamored admirer Tess, who happens to be Brock's daughter. In spite of the serpentine drama, the dynasty… More

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"Although the film as the first American feature to be shot in the People's Republic of China, there is little visual evidence for this accomplishment."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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