Iron Road (2009)
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Episode #1.1 

In 1882, Alfred Nichol, owner of the Nichol Railway Company, is building a railroad through the Canadian Rockies, a project which needs to be completed in a year or else the bank will ... See full summary »

Director:

David Wu

Writers:

Barry Pearson (story), Barry Pearson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Li Sun ... Little Tiger (as Sun Li)
Luke Macfarlane ... James Nichol
Sam Neill ... Alfred Nichol
Tony Ka Fai Leung ... Bookman
Peter O'Toole ... Relic
Yunxiang Gao ... Wang Ma (as Yun Xiang Gao)
Kenneth Mitchell ... Edgar
Ian Tracey ... Controller
Serge Houde ... George Grant
Naihua Zhang Naihua Zhang ... Di Hong (as Nai Hua Zhang)
Charlotte Sullivan ... Melanie Grant
Ningyu Zhao Ningyu Zhao ... Lei Mo
Jiang Boning Jiang Boning ... Powder
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lisa Bunting ... Kathryn Nichol
Jeffrey Fisher Jeffrey Fisher ... Foreman
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In 1882, Alfred Nichol, owner of the Nichol Railway Company, is building a railroad through the Canadian Rockies, a project which needs to be completed in a year or else the bank will foreclose on the company's loan. Alfred sends his irresponsible playboy son, James Nichol, to Hong Kong to check on the company's recruitment of Chinese laborers to work on construction of the railroad. Their Hong Kong recruitment agent, Lionel Relic, is a man who has indulged in life. Assisting Relic and James is a young orphan boy named Little Tiger. Unknown to either Relic or James, Little Tiger is actually a young woman masquerading as a boy to eke out a better living for herself. Working in a firecracker factory, she learns the finer details of working with explosives. Their recruitment work is made all the more difficult because of some local gang lords. Despite not seeing Little Tiger as one of the heavy laborers due to his young age and slight build, James does decide to bring Little Tiger back ... Written by Huggo

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9 August 2009 (Canada) See more »

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[first lines]
George Grant: Alfred.
Alfred Nichol: George.
George Grant: So, what good news can I carry back to the bank?
Alfred Nichol: Well, we're still laying track.
George Grant: But not fast enough.
Alfred Nichol: We had a few setbacks, but nothing major.
George Grant: Good God, Alfred, you're using damned Chinamen! I mean, surely they're... they're far too insubstantial for this type of work.
Alfred Nichol: Well, if they could build the Great Wall of China, I guess they can build a railroad.
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