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The Lost Empire (2001)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy  |  11 March 2001 (USA)
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American journalist Nick Orton is caught up in the world of Chinese gods and monsters while on a search for the long lost manuscript to 'Hsi Yu Chi' (The Journey to the West) by Wu Ch'eng ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Orton
Henry O ...
Wu Chan Yen
Kay Sui Lim ...
Professor Sheng
Marcus Harding
Sai-Kit Yung ...
Jade Emperor (as Stuart Ong)
Kwong Loke ...
Imperial Crier
Skeleton Demon
Big Demon (as Turbo)


American journalist Nick Orton is caught up in the world of Chinese gods and monsters while on a search for the long lost manuscript to 'Hsi Yu Chi' (The Journey to the West) by Wu Ch'eng En. He is accompanied on his journey by a humanoid ape with incredible strength and magical powers, a humanoid pig-man, and his brother-in-arms, an ex-cannibal. Based on one of the greatest stories in Chinese history. Written by Lawrence De Meza <>

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Reluctant hero, beautiful goddess, three days to save the world. See more »


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The Monkey King  »

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Loosely based on the story from classical Chinese Literature "Journey to the West". See more »


Nicholas Orton: So I might never get rich, buy my own jet, or even maintain a stock portfolio. But when I look in her eyes, I know that none of these things really matter.
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References The City of Lost Children (1995) See more »

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A tale unknown, but fanciful intro
21 December 2002 | by (Upstate NY) – See all my reviews

Some other commentators have bemoaned the historical faults, others the romantic interest. To which I say this - first off, it was a made for TV movie. What is the first role of such a movie? To entertain. Perhaps the History Channel will do a more accurate documentary, if that's what people want. As for the romance, where would the movie "Titanic" have been without the love story? Similarly, this movie needs the romantic interest to move the very 21st Century "Scholar" into a position to want to get involved with people that are more the stuff of Myth, Legend, and to a great degree, Hope. Otherwise, why should he bother? "The Journey West" is a story I'd not heard of. Now, even with this fanciful introduction, I think I'll go look it up and read it. To bring me to do this, both the movie, and other comments here, have thus been successful. Microwave up the popcorn, sit back and enjoy the show. Just don't take it too seriously, just enjoy it for the entertainment that it is.

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