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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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A New Evil Awakens.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Germany | China

Language:

English | Mandarin | Sanskrit

Release Date:

1 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mummy 3 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

The tomb of the Dragon Emperor, with its terracotta warriors, is inspired by the real-life tomb of the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty, in Xi'an, China. See more »

Goofs

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

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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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The Flower Duet
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Written by Léo Delibes
Performed by Joan Sutherland
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Truly awful
2 August 2008 | by emtekworksSee all my reviews

First, Brendan Fraser is an actor who I really enjoy watching no matter what he's in. Second, I was hoping he would do another mummy movie - I like him in these campy action movies so I was looking forward to this movie. Now I wish he had turned this one down as Rachel did, I wouldn't have wasted my money. And I have a high tolerance for so-so movies. I felt so bad for Fraser, he was trying - but you can only do so much with a crappy script and poor direction.

Pros: Very good special effects. Jet-Li, Yeoh had good fight scenes.

Cons: Forced dialogue, Maria Bello trying too hard, No chemistry between Fraser-Bello-Ford (the son). Music either too much or just not a good fit, I found it overwhelming the scenes at times.

Everything comes across as trying too hard. I miss the Sommers touch. I just didn't have any fun this time. Seriuosly, wait for it to come to cable.


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