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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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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

Gross USA:

$102,491,776

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$403,449,830
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Almost all of the technical crew from the Montreal filming location had custom made dog-tags with either "Foundation Soldier" or "Terracotta Warrior" and their names. The whole crew decided to do so after documentary filmmaker Todd Matthew Grossman and a few other crew members had some done for fun. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Mummy's Curse (2013) See more »

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Tribeca Bounce
Written and Produced by Bruce Fowler
Performed by Vince Giordano and His Nighthawks Orchestra
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This Mummy should have stayed in his crypt.
1 July 2008 | by kimgrearSee all my reviews

I was able to catch this movie at a test screening in California while i was on vacation and its not much of a film. Its the same story as the previous ones and most of the stuff in the movie were taken from them as well. I love Brendan Fraser but he didn't look happy to be there and with how the story was set up, you can't blame him for looking miserable. He has no chemistry with Maria Bello, who was just awful (She's no Rachel Weisz, that's for damn sure.) and he has even less chemistry with his own son played by Luke Ford, who has the charisma and the charm of a brick, not to mention the fact that he looks just as old as both Fraser and Bello. Fraser has more chemistry with John Hannah, who is a welcome distraction from the lousiness of the film. The movie itself is just a flat headed mess of bad visual effects with no soul. Jet Li lacks the menacing presence of Arnold Vosloo from the previous films but that problem is more than less on the shoulders of the director, who was in my opinion more concern with the style of the film than any substance it could have had and because of that, Jet Li and most of the cast got the short end of the stick and it shows.

They should have ended it with the second film but instead, we have a movie that manages to make even "The Scorpion King" look as good as Iron Man.


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