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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor can be found here.
Retired Egyptologists Rick (Brendan Fraser) and Evelyn 'Evy' (Maria Bello) O'Connell are asked by archeology professor Roger Wilson (David Calder) to take the diamond 'Eye of Shangri-La' back to China, where their archeologist son Alex (Luke Ford) has unearthed the mummy of an ancient Chinese Emperor (Jet Li) who was long ago cursed, along with his entire army, by the witch Zi Yuan (Michelle Yeoh). While there, they meet up with Evy's brother Jonathan (John Hannah), now the owner of a nightclub in Shanghai, and encounter the evil General Yang (Anthony Chau-Sang Wong), who wants to resurrect the Emperor and his army. Aided by Zi's immortal daughter Lin (Isabella Leong), three yetis, and an army of undead soldiers, the O'Connells must prevent the Emperor from taking over the world.
Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is the third movie in The Mummy series, preceded by The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001). The screenplay was co-written by American screenwriter Alfred Gough and British screenwriter Miles Millar. A novelization, also titled The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, written by American writer Max Allan Collins (who also novelized the first two movies), was released concurrently with the movie.
The film was patterned in part on a real-life Qin Dynasty emperor Qin Shi Huang [260-210 BCE], known for unifying the Great Wall of China as it existed at the time and for his search for an elixir of immortality. He was buried in a mausoleum that also contained thousands of terra cotta soldiers, horses, and chariots, collectively called the Terracotta Army. A view of the Terracotta Army can be seen here.
Rick and Alex follow the Emperor under the Great Wall. Alex attempts to stop him, but the Emperor knocks him unconscious against a wall. Rick tries to stab the Emperor with the magical dagger but gets knocked into a lit torch and drops the dagger, breaking it in half. Meanwhile, General Yang and his assistant Choi (Jessey Meng) go after Lin and Evy. Lin manages to knock Yang into some moving gears which crush him and Choi. While Rick and the Emperor continue to fight each other, Alex comes to and notices the broken dagger lying in the sand. He picks up the tip, sneaks around behind the Emperor, and plunges the tip into his back. 'Divide and conquer,' says Rick, who picks up the remaining piece of the dagger and plunges it through the Emperor's heart. As the Emperor explodes into flames, the Terracotta army disintegrates into dust and is blown away. The undead soldiers cheer their victory before they, too, are returned to dust. The O'Connells and Lin return to Shanghai and celebrate their victory dancing at Imhotep's. In the final scene, Jonathan is shown getting into a taxi with the blue diamond. He announces his intention to move to Peru 'where there are no mummies.' A postscript then appears saying: Soon after, mummies were found in Peru.
The U.K.-based ES Magazine had an interview with Rachel Weisz in the Nov. 16 issue. Her decision not to reprise Evelyn's role seems to be a part of being a mother and not being able to fit it into her schedule. She's quoted saying "I would have had to go to China for three months and I just can't travel like that any more." However, according to sources close to the production of Mummy 3 (as reported by Eonline, Cinemablend and iesb.net) Rachel did not like the bad script and chose not to do the film.
Freddie Boath has been replaced by 26-year-old Australian actor Luke Ford. Ford will carry the torch for the franchise, if future films are made, as Brendan Fraser has now completed his three picture deal.
In the previous films, Ardeth Bay was the guardian of Imhotep's tomb which was in Egypt. Imhotep is not in this film nor is the Egyptian setting, so Ardeth has no need to be a part of this scenario.
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