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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Fraser ... Rick O'Connell
Jet Li ... Emperor
Maria Bello ... Evelyn O'Connell
John Hannah ... Jonathan Carnahan
Michelle Yeoh ... Zi Yuan
Luke Ford ... Alex O'Connell
Isabella Leong ... Lin
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... General Yang (as Chau Sang Anthony Wong)
Russell Wong ... Ming Guo
Liam Cunningham ... Maguire
David Calder ... Roger Wilson
Jessey Meng Jessey Meng ... Choi
Tian Liang ... Li Zhou
Albert Kwan ... Chu Wah
Jing Wu ... Assassin
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The Adventure of a Thousand Lifetimes. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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USA | Germany | China | Canada

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English | Mandarin | Sanskrit

Release Date:

1 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Rick O'Connell Adventure See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$145,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,457,770, 3 August 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$102,491,776, 25 September 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$401,128,639, 8 March 2009
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This film marked the Hollywood debut for Chinese martial arts sensation Wu Jing (Jing Wu), who had a cameo as one of the assassins having a brief but furious battle with fellow Wu Shu expert Jet Li, at the beginning of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Zi Yuan cursed the emperor and his soldiers, as the curse processed at the beginning, we see his sword. When asked what she did to him, moments later after Zi Yuan manages to escape and told him that she cursed him and his soldiers. His sword vanished. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: [narrating] Long ago, a mythic battle between good and evil played out in ancient China. The country was torn by civil war, with many kingdoms struggling for land and power. But one king had a ruthless ambition to make himself emperor by the sword.
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Crazy Credits

The Universal Studios logo doesn't stop as normal, instead the title fades out from the revolving globe and the camera begins zooming in over the Atlantic Ocean and hovers over China as an on-screen graphic is shown displaying the separate feudal states of China around 350 BC, each labeled in Chinese characters. The dividing lines disappear and then the Chinese characters all merge together into two characters that then change to the English word: CHINA. See more »


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The Flower Duet
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Written by Léo Delibes
Performed by Joan Sutherland
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Much Better Than Expected
1 August 2008 | by kszonewSee all my reviews

When the third Mummy film was announced, I can't say I was really looking forward to it. After I saw the trailer, I had a second thought about the film - it looked like it might be better than I expected. Yeah, I still knew I'd miss Rachel, but I wasn't going to let that ruin the movie for me if it was enjoyable.

So I went to see it opening day and enjoyed it. It wasn't perfect, but it was a fun summer popcorn flick. It had some great scenery, nice locations, great costumes, pretty good special effects, lots of crazy action, and some nice eye candy for everyone. Some of the mummy humor was a bit much, but it was to be expected. Though Egypt was the perfect setting for the first two films, the relocation to China and telling a bit of a different story worked out fine. Every culture has its tales about death and resurrection, so a film series like this can spread itself out if it wants.

All in all it was a fun movie. My suggestion, just sit back and try to enjoy it. You just might. And remember that it is okay to enjoy both The Dark Knight AND The Mummy 3. Don't think it makes you "disloyal", because it sure as heck doesn't.


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