Tai-Pan | 1986
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.