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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)

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In the Far East, Alex O'Connell, the son of famed mummy fighters Rick and Evy O'Connell, unearths the mummy of the first Emperor of Qin -- a shape-shifting entity cursed by a witch centuries ago.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zi Yuan
General Yang (as Chau Sang Anthony Wong)
Ming Guo
Jessey Meng ...
Tian Liang ...
Li Zhou
Chu Wah


Centuries ago, the evil Emperor Han was cursed by the sorceress Zi Yuan who transformed him and his army into mummies. In 1946, the explorer Rick O'Connell and his wife Evelyn O'Connell are invited by the British government to take a relic, the diamond "The Eye of Shangri-La" to China. The ancient stone is capable of resurrecting the Emperor Han and of pointing the way to Shangri-La and the eternal pool of life. When the couple reaches China, they meet their son Alex O'Connell, who has discovered the tomb of Han, and Evelyn's brother Jonathan Carnahan. The O'Connells are betrayed by their friend Prof. Roger Wilson, who is associated with General Yang. Yang wants to serve Emperor Han, so he resurrects the mummy and they head for Shangri-La. The guardian of Han's tomb (and Zi's daughter) Lin tells them that the only ways to destroy Han are to prevent him from reaching Shangri-La or by stabbing his heart with a cursed dagger. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A New Evil Awakens.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for adventure action and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 August 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Mummy 3  »

Box Office


$145,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$40,457,770 (USA) (1 August 2008)


$102,176,165 (USA) (19 September 2008)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Brendan Fraser, who plays Rick, was born in 1968. Maria Bello, who plays Evelyn, was born in 1967. Luke Ford, who plays their son, Alex, was born in 1981, making him thirteen years younger than Fraser and fourteen years younger than Bello. See more »


The orchestral chimes behind the drummer are turned around backwards, facing the curtain behind the band. See more »


[from trailer]
[stopping a car before throwing the man out]
Rick O'Connell: Whoa whoa whoa. Sorry pal, there's a mummy on the loose.
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.6 (2008) See more »


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Written by Ed Palermo, John Palermo
Performed by Eugene Ruffolo
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Less than meets the eye
19 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After watching 'Mummy 3', watch 'The Mummy', and you will quickly see the vast difference in the two.

There are many elements that made the Mummy 3 a horrible edition to the Mummy series. Yes, the disappearance of Rachel was disappointing, but her presence wouldn't be enough to save this film from it's ultimate demise. Even Brendan Fraiser's character lost the edge many grew to love in the first two. The idea of the Terra-cotta was interesting, but not for this series. The story was poorly executed and almost over shadowed by the even more terrible "romances" between Luke, Lin, and the O'Connells.

The random dialogue and forced chemistry was enough to make you sick. There was very little going for this movie, and I'm disappointed in this series being handed over to Rob Cohen. This was nothing short of a botched boob job.

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