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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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2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





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?


There was originally going to be a third sequel titled "The Mummy 4- Rise of the Aztecs" before it was cancelled and rebooted in 2017. Brendan Fraser and the cast of the third film had signed up for the sequel. Antonio Banderas would have played the main antagonist. See more »


In the beginning of the movie, General Ming was ripped to pieces by horses after having been chained by both arms and legs (the scene cuts away before any actual dismemberment). While it may seem that he would have lost a minimum of three limbs in the process, he is shown later with only one arm missing. However, if one looks at historical accounts of similar executions, horses alone were often insufficient to complete the dismemberment. For examples, see Robert-François Damiens or Túpac Amaru II. 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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User Reviews

Good Special Effects
18 June 2008 | by overcast22See all my reviews

I saw a screening of the movie this week and was not expecting much. I liked the first Mummy a lot, did not like the second Mummy as much. I would say the third Mummy is about as good as the second Mummy. It was an interesting idea to have the movie take place in Asia. The scenery was beautiful and so were the special effects. I wish I could say the same about the acting.

Story has not changed much from the previous movies. Mummy rises, Mummy wants to rule world, must stop Mummy.

The new wife of Brendan Fraser is not as good of an actress or as hot as the previous actress. Brendan Fraser's son was not that great of an actor either. And i was confused with how old Fraser's son was supposed to be. It looked like his son aged 22 years but Fraser only aged 2 years from the last movie, strange.

Overall the movie was okay. If you are looking for a deep story, with great acting,then you chose the wrong movie.If you are looking for something to pass the time and some cool special effects then this is the movie for you.

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Release Date:

1 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Rick O'Connell Adventure See more »


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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