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The Monkey King 

The Lost Empire (original title)
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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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2001  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Thomas Gibson ...  Nicholas Orton 2 episodes, 2001
Bai Ling ...  Kwan Ying 2 episodes, 2001
Russell Wong ...  Monkey King 2 episodes, 2001
Ric Young ...  Confucius 2 episodes, 2001
Kabir Bedi ...  Friar Sand 2 episodes, 2001
Eddie Marsan ...  Pigsy 2 episodes, 2001
Randall Duk Kim ...  Shu 2 episodes, 2001
Henry O Henry O ...  Wu Chan Yen 2 episodes, 2001
Kay Siu Lim Kay Siu Lim ...  Subodhi 2 episodes, 2001
Burt Kwouk ...  Professor Sheng 2 episodes, 2001
James Faulkner ...  Marcus Harding 2 episodes, 2001
Sai-Kit Yung ...  Jade Emperor 2 episodes, 2001
Kwong Loke Kwong Loke ...  Imperial Crier 2 episodes, 2001
Yu Beng Lim ...  Skeleton Demon 2 episodes, 2001
Turbo Kong ...  Big Demon 2 episodes, 2001
Hossan Leong ...  Spectacles Demon 2 episodes, 2001
Hon Ping Tang ...  Nine Inch Nail Demon 2 episodes, 2001
Picasso Tan Picasso Tan ...  Pointy Head Demon 2 episodes, 2001
Pik Sen Lim ...  Granny Monkey 2 episodes, 2001
Jacqueline Chan ...  Mother Superior 2 episodes, 2001
Terence Beesley ...  Prince of Confusion 2 episodes, 2001
Inday Ba ...  Elizabeth 2 episodes, 2001
Chia Suan Chia Suan ...  Whitesnake 2 episodes, 2001
Gregory Teo Gregory Teo ...  Chef 1 2 episodes, 2001
Ian U'Chong Ian U'Chong ...  Chef 2 2 episodes, 2001
Annette Badland ...  Confusion's 4th Wife 2 episodes, 2001
Olga Sosnovska ...  Linda 2 episodes, 2001
Richard Ng ...  Communist Official 2 episodes, 2001
Jeremy Zhang Jeremy Zhang ...  Barman / ... 2 episodes, 2001
Nicholas Lee Nicholas Lee ...  Terracotta Warrior 1 2 episodes, 2001
Stiven Liang Stiven Liang ...  Terracotta Warrior 2 2 episodes, 2001
Chester See ...  Terracotta Warrior 3 2 episodes, 2001
Takatsuna Mukai Takatsuna Mukai ...  Wolf-Demon General 2 episodes, 2001
Steven Woon Steven Woon ...  Bearded Priest 2 episodes, 2001
Marjorie Ho Marjorie Ho ...  Old Liang 2 episodes, 2001
Cecil Cheng Cecil Cheng ...  Monkey 2 episodes, 2001
Teo-Wa Vuong Teo-Wa Vuong ...  Maiden 1 2 episodes, 2001
Yuka Uto Yuka Uto ...  Maiden 2 2 episodes, 2001
Anthony Chinn ...  Citizen 1 2 episodes, 2001
Ozzie Yue Ozzie Yue ...  Citizen 2 2 episodes, 2001
Simon Bernstein Simon Bernstein ...  Umbrella King 2 episodes, 2001
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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 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 <demzalf@earthlink.net>

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Journey to a world where kingdoms fall and heroes rise. See more »

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Adventure | Fantasy

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

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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 Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) See more »

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Typical tv-movie fare
12 March 2001 | by d-nelsonSee all my reviews

I watched this because of the previews, which showed a kind of Matrix/Crouching Tiger/Raiders cash-in, but I was very disappointed. All the rip-offs were there, but very poorly done (even the CGI effects looked cheap). This might be what Sid and Marty Krofft would do if they were still making Saturday-morning fare.

The plot was obviously padded, the wind-ups (it seemed like there were about 30 of them) were anti-climactic, and the worst thing was the mish-mash of American and Chinese pseudo-mythology that has people saying things like "For Buddhaaaaa" while jumping off cliffs towards battle and painting Confucious as an ass-kissing bad guy.

Along the way we have things like an American bookworm achieving God-level martial arts skill with only 3 days of practice, and a random globbing together of events in Chinese history that took place anywhere from 3000 to 30 years ago.

All-in-all this was an insult to anyone that knows anything at all about Eastern history and philosophy, and a destruction (ie: more than a waste) of 4 hours for everyone else.


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2001 (USA) See more »

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Dolby

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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