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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.


Rob Cohen
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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


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Since Jet Li was only available for a part of the shoot, it was decided that the Emperor would be either a rotting mummy or encased in terracotta in most of his scenes. In that way, Li could play the Emperor in the flesh, and the remainder of his role would be done by a CGI character. See more »


In the museum scene, Choi grabs Evie and wraps her arm around Evie's neck. Evie gets away. In the next shot, Choi's arm is around Evie's neck again. See more »


[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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Written and Produced by Bruce Fowler
Performed by Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks
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User Reviews

The right way to watch this film
6 August 2008 | by schock-4See all my reviews

Just got back from the cinema after seeing this movie. Yeah OK, I was warned, and it was crap, BUT I can say more than that about it.

First of all, I do recommend seeing this movie sometime, but I recommend seeing it in a very specific way. Rent it, watch it on a projection or other large screen (No sweeping cinematic photography a la Dances With Wolves, but more than just talking heads.), evoke the Chinese god of silence, Mu-ting, and turn on your favorite music (something that goes with an action movie though). I'm not being ironic here. I really do think it makes really good eye candy, but the dialogues are painfully bad. In this respect, it's several times worse than the other Mummy movies, which is not a very high bar in the first place.

Mostly because of the awful dialogues, in my opinion, the actors are just not superhuman enough to pull them off in any redeemable fashion, with ONE exception. I wouldn't ask anybody to pay such close attention to the movie to sit there with the remote poised, but if they/you did, un-mute for any and every scene in which Michelle Yeoh speaks. Seriously, it takes superhuman acting talent to pull off anything in this movie, and she actually does it. Amazing.

Anyway, Jet Li, while not bad, is underused and, frankly, just doesn't make a good villain, in my opinion. Not sure why, maybe it's his boyish appearance. Anyway, I felt the film would have benefited from a bit more of actual Jet Li and a bit less CGI effects of his character.

Brendan Fraser and John Hannah reprise their respective roles pretty much on par with the previous movies, which is OK in my opinion. Pretty much hated all the other actors they cast for this, especially the young Chinese woman, Isabella Leong, Very annoying voice. But the muting should take care of that problem. Maria Bello does a really awful job filling the shoes left by Rachel Weisz too.

That's all I can think to say, but I think it's enough.

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Release Date:

1 August 2008 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$145,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,457,770, 3 August 2008

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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