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David Henry Hwang (written by)
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11 March 2001 (USA) See more »
Reluctant hero, beautiful goddess, three days to save the world. See more »
American journalist Nick Orton is caught up in the world of Chinese gods and monsters while on a search... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Thomas Gibson ... Nicholas Orton

Bai Ling ... Kwan Ying

Russell Wong ... Monkey King

Ric Young ... Confucius

Kabir Bedi ... Friar Sand

Eddie Marsan ... Pigsy

Randall Duk Kim ... Shu
Henry O ... Wu Chan Yen
Kay Sui Lim ... Subodhi

Burt Kwouk ... Professor Sheng

James Faulkner ... Marcus Harding
Sai-Kit Yung ... Jade Emperor (as Stuart Ong)
Kwong Loke ... Imperial Crier

Yu Beng Lim ... Skeleton Demon

Turbo Kong ... Big Demon (as Turbo)
Hossan Leong ... Spectacles Demon

Hon Ping Tang ... Nine Inch Nail Demon
Picasso Tan ... Pointy Head Demon
Pik Sen Lim ... Granny Monkey (as Pik-Sen Lim)
Jacqueline Chan ... Mother Superior (as Jacqui Chan)

Terence Beesley ... Prince of Confusion

Inday Ba ... Elizabeth
Chia Suan ... Whitesnake
Gregory Teo ... Chef 1

Ian U'Chong ... Chef 2 (as Ian U Chong)

Annette Badland ... Confusion's 4th Wife

Olga Sosnovska ... Linda
Richard Ng ... Communist Official
Jeremy Zhang ... Barman / Waiter

Nicholas Lee ... Terracotta Warrior 1
Stiven Liang ... Terracotta Warrior 2

Chester See ... Terracotta Warrior 3
Takatsuna Mukai ... Wolf-Demon General
Steven Woon ... Bearded Priest
Marjorie Ho ... Old Liang
Cecil Cheng ... Monkey
Teo-Wa Vuong ... Maiden 1 (as Teo Wa)
Yuka Uto ... Maiden 2
Anthony Chinn ... Citizen 1
Ozzie Yue ... Citizen 2
Simon Bernstein ... Umbrella King
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hua Chung Ting ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter MacDonald 
Writing credits
David Henry Hwang (written by)

Produced by
Robert Halmi Jr. .... executive producer
Robert Halmi Sr. .... executive producer
Steve Harding .... producer
David Henry Hwang .... co-producer
Tomas Krejci .... executive producer (as Tomás Krejcí)
Original Music by
John Altman 
Cinematography by
David Connell 
Film Editing by
Colin Green 
Casting by
Carol L. Dudley 
Lynn Kressel 
Production Design by
Martin Hitchcock 
Art Direction by
David Allday 
Julian Ashby 
Frank Walsh (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Jo Graysmark 
Costume Design by
Barbara Lane 
Makeup Department
Marc Beros .... special makeup effects artist
Karen Dawson .... hair designer
Karen Dawson .... makeup designer
Deborah Jarvis .... hair stylist
Deborah Jarvis .... makeup artist
Alex King .... hair & makeup artist
Marese Langan .... hair stylist
Marese Langan .... makeup artist
Josef Lojik .... hair stylist
Josef Lojik .... makeup artist
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Darren Robinson .... prosthetics technician
Janine Schneider .... prosthetics makeup artist
Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore .... contact lens technician
Loulia Sheppard .... hair styles supervisor
Lesley Smith .... hair stylist
Lesley Smith .... makeup artist
Production Management
Martin Krauka .... unit manager: Prague
Don Ng .... assistant unit manager
Amy Segal .... production manager: Singapore
Pavel Solc .... production manager
Pavel Typolt .... unit manager
Michelle Weller .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Oscar Beuselinck .... second assistant director
Mike Brewster .... second unit director
Miroslav Fozo .... second assistant director: Czech Republic
Tze S. Hoh .... second assistant director
Patrick Kinney .... first assistant director: second unit
Martin Krauka .... second assistant director: second unit
Kieron Phipps .... first assistant director
Michaela Strnadova .... first assistant director: Czech unit
Hon Tze Swen .... second assistant director: Singapore
Art Department
Giles Asbury .... storyboard artist
Martin Asbury .... storyboard artist
Milan Babik .... propman
Marc Beros .... construction manager
Alastair Bullock .... draughtsman
Marketa Dankova .... assistant to set decorator
John Davey .... painter
James Hambidge .... assistant art director
Martin Martinec .... art director: Czech Republic
Simon McGuire .... set designer
Martina Ter-Akopowá .... art department coordinator
Colin Thurston .... property master
Kurt Van Der Basch .... art department assistant (as Kurt van der Basch)
Katerina Van Gemund .... construction interpreter
Karel Vanásek .... property master: Czech Republic
I-Lann Yee .... set decorator: Singapore (as I-Lann Marie Yee)
Miroslav Zdenek .... draughtsman
Sound Department
John Bateman .... adr recordist
Sandy Buchanan .... adr mixer
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Matt Grimes .... supervising sound editor
Michal Holubec .... production sound mixer
Dean Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Dean Humphries .... sound re-recording mixer
Jaroslav Jehlicka .... sound recordist: second unit
Daniel Laurie .... additional dialogue editor (as Dan Laurie)
Roman Rigo .... boom operator
Bjorn Ole Schroeder .... adr editor
Andrew Stirk .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Todman .... dialogue editor
Andy Walker .... foley editor
Special Effects by
Adam Aldridge .... special effects crew
Nick Allder .... special effects crew
Jeff Clifford .... special effects crew (as Jeffrey Clifford)
John Fontana .... special effects crew
Jeremy Lovett .... special effects crew
Terry Schubert .... special effects crew
Dominic Tuohy .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Dimitri Bakalov .... animation supervisor
Keith Barton .... technical R&D: Cinesite
Gary E. Beach .... visual effects assistant: second unit
Nathalie Buce .... 3D animator
Chas Cash .... 3D animator
Kirsty Clark .... digital compositor (as Kirsty Lamb)
Debra Coleman .... digital compositor (as Debra Smith)
Neil Damman .... model maker
Harriet Donington .... bidding producer: Cinesite
Catherine Duncan .... visual effects coordinator
Mikael Hakansson .... 3D animator
Katja Hollmann .... scanning and recording operator: Cinesite
Matt Johnson .... visual effects supervisor
Jon Jones .... 3D animator
Theano Kazagli .... digital I/O: Cinesite
Paul Lambert .... sequence supervisor
Christa Langhammer .... 3D animator
Sharon Lark .... visual effects producer
Mathias Larserud .... 3D animator
Jeremy Lazare .... 3D animator
Alex Lemke .... 2D compositor (as Aleks Lemke)
Lutz Lemke .... digital compositor
Penny Leyton .... 3D animator
Lucy McDermott .... visual effects production assistant
Sarah Moore .... digital compositor: Cinesite
Michael Mulholland .... 3D animator
Jonathan Neil .... 3D animator
Tor-Bjorn Olsson .... Inferno artist
Olivier Sarda .... 2D compositor
Ondrej Stibinger .... telecine colorist dailies (uncredited)
Richard Van Den Bergh .... miniatures supervisor
Mark Williams Ardington .... visual effects (as Mark Williams)
Melody Woodford .... animator
Dan Ashton .... scanning and recording (uncredited)
Phil Green .... data operator (uncredited)
Steve Lynn .... technical support (uncredited)
Richard Thomas .... key model maker (uncredited)
Courtney Vanderslice .... head of production: Cinesite (uncredited)
Radek Bruna .... stunts
Viktor Cervenka .... stunts
Petr Drozda .... stunt coordinator: Czech Republic
Jindrich Klaus .... stunts
Mike Lambert .... stunts
Ada Pui-yee Leung .... stunts (as Ada Leung Pue Yee)
Miroslav Lhotka .... stunt performer
Hun Yin Ming .... stunts
Aw Chee Seng Teeran .... stunts
Chun Kang Wang .... stunts (as Wang Chung Kang)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michal Chadima .... video assist operator: second unit
John Ferguson .... gaffer
Martin Grosup .... director of photography: second unit
Paul Hatchman .... best boy: Prague
Paul Hatchman .... dolly grip: Prague
Erik Heinila .... still photographer
Milan Jirsa .... gaffer
Jonas Juhanson .... best boy grip
Viktor Lonek .... video operator
Iris Ng .... electrician
Ronnie Phillips .... rigging gaffer
Martin Preiss .... camera loader: Czech Republic
Mark Ramsey .... key grip
Danny Shelmerdine .... focus puller
Jaromir Simek .... best boy
Gary Smith .... grip
Asen Sopov .... second camera operator
Gay Hian Teoh .... camera operator
Dick Tummel .... director of photography: third unit
Dick Tummel .... lighting consultant
Stanislav Vales .... assistant camera
Miroslav Vojkuvka .... grip
Zdenek Vávra .... still photographer
Garie Wetherill .... video playback operator: London
Berndt Wiese .... clapper loader
Berndt Wiese .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Animation Department
Jonathan Neill .... animator
Casting Department
Jirí Hrstka .... extras casting
Carolyn McLeod .... casting associate
Vladimir Nemecek .... extras casting: second unit
Helena Palmer .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lucy Denny .... wardrobe assistant
Renata Janousková .... assistant costume designer
Patricie Soptenková .... costumer
Sarah Touaibi .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Kate Higham .... assistant editor
Music Department
James Bellamy .... assistant music editor
Andrew Glen .... music editor (as Andy Glen)
Tony Lewis .... music editor
Steve Price .... music recording engineer
Transportation Department
Gabriela Dolenska .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Karel Benes .... production assistant
Nancy Bishop .... dialogue coach
Jean Bourne .... script supervisor
Grace Karman Graham .... payroll accountant (as Karman Graham)
Helen Gregory .... assistant coordinator
Todd Grove .... production accountant
Elizabeth Hagen .... assistant accountant
Marianne Jenkins .... production coordinator
Vladimir Kesl .... computer technician
Karen Khoo .... assistant coordinator
Katerina Lahodova .... production coordinator
Marcia Matthew .... first assistant accountant
Johnny Mulligan .... assistant accountant
Laura Sivakova .... script supervisor
Darko Stavrik .... production assistant
Jan Svoboda .... interpreter
Dennis Todorovic .... assistant to director
Marketa Tom .... assistant production coordinator
Ludvik Tomasek .... production accountant
Ridley Tsui .... action choreographer
Aneta Valaskova .... location manager: Czech Republic
Zdenek Vrubel .... assistant accountant
Grace Wong .... production secretary
Karel Schneiberg .... set runner (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Monkey King" - International (English title) (imdb display title), UK, USA (working title)
"The Lost Empire: The Legend of the Monkey King" - International (English title)
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Brazil:150 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Uses several visual ideas from "The Monkey King" television series from the 1960s.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.See more »
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References The Fly (1958)See more »


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19 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
A mixed bag, weak in many key areas, 14 March 2001
Author: Colin R. Glassey from Bay Area, CA USA

Lost Empire, a VERY strange title for a retelling of the old Chinese classic adventure "Journey to the West", is a mixed bag of a film. David Hwang's screenplay is in many respects a sequel to the original story, as opposed to being a modern rendition of the original story. I regard this as a mistake as I believe Mr. Hwang lost more by giving up on the original characters than he gained by having a modern setting.

Good points: The lovely Ling Bai did a good job as the Bodhisattva of Compassion (Kwan Yin). Some scenes with Monkey and the "Scholar from Above" went well (mainly the scenes when Monkey rescues his subjects on Flower Fruit Island). Some interplay between "Sandy" and the "Scholar from Above" was funny. Some of the art design for the palace of the Jade Emperor was good (but NOT the throne room, yuk!).

Bad points: Too many explosions. A really ugly and totally wrong portrait of Confucius (I could go on for some time but I'll stick with this key point: Confucius was a materialist. He had no interest in religion and spirits. He was only interested in how a good state was run. The depiction of Confucius in this movie is totally at odds with EVERYTHING that Confucius stood for.) The last half-hour of the movie was anti-climactic, over-wrought, and uninteresting.

Deeper problems: Journey to the West is, at its core, at Buddhist story about the quest to attain enlightenment (along with the fun stuff about beating demons). This story (Lost Empire) takes place AFTER Monkey and Sandy have achieved their ultimate state. They are both "supposed" to be enlightened beings. The problem with this is that a) they don't act like enlightened beings, and b) there isn't much drama possible when you are enlightened. You can really tell the weakness in the writing when Kwan Yin has to tell Monkey's old teacher that "Monkey HAS been blessed by the Buddha". If you need a 3rd party (a goddess no less) to convince other people that you have become enlightened and have been blessed by the Buddha, well, its clear to me that the story is saying one thing, but doing another.

In fact, none of the characters behaves "in character". At least not like the characters that you enjoyed when reading "Journey to the West".

Deepest problem: the story (Lost Empire) is trying to both be and not be "Journey to the West" at the same time. Its trying to both be true to original ideas and be "modern" and up-to-date at the same time. Its trying to be a sequel that retells the original story. It is, in short, a total mess at a very deep level. -- Colin Glassey

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