The Lost Empire (2001)

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The two-part TV miniseries The Lost Empire was loosely based upon Chang-En Wu's classic 16th century Chinese novel, His Yu Chi (Journey to the West). Updated to the present, the series was set in motion when American journalist Nick Orton (Thomas Gibson) agreed to track down the lost manuscript of Chang-En Wu's masterpiece, which had fallen into the proverbial wrong hands. Accompanied by a curious collection of mythical creatures, including the Monkey King (Russell Wong), a piglike human and a former cannibal, Nick found himself fighting evil and sorcery at every turn, secure in the knowledge that he would win the love of Kwan Ying (Bai Ling), the Goddess of Mercy, if he successfully completed his mission. Filmed partially in Prague by Hallmark Entertainment, The Lost Empire (later released to video as a 132-minute feature titled The Monkey King) was broadcast by NBC on March 11 and 12, 2001.

Cast

Thomas Gibson
as Nick Orton
Bai Ling
as Kwan Ying
Russell Wong
as Monkey King
Ric Young
as Confucius
Kabir Bedi
as Friar Sand
Stuart Ong
as Jade Emperor
Burt Kwouk
as Professor Sheng
Kay Sui Lim
as Subodhi
James Faulkner
as Marcus Harding
Yu Beng Lim
as Skeleton Demon
Turbo
as Big Demon
Hossan Leong
as Spectacles Demon
Hon Ping Tang
as Nine-Inch Nail Demon
Picasso Tan
as Pointy-Head Demon
Ian U'Chong
as Rat Demon
Lim Pik-Sen
as Granny Monkey
Jacqui Chan
as Mother Superior
Chia Suan
as Whitesnake
Simon Bernstein
as Umbrella King
Inday Ba
as Elizabeth
Annette Badland
as Confusion's Fourth Wife
Stiven Liang
as Terracotta Warrior
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Critic Reviews for The Lost Empire

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

MacDonald and editor Colin Green do their best to make all this coherent, but it's a struggle.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…
Variety
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Any mini-series that begins in the underground chamber of the ancient Chinese terra-cotta warriors is okay by me.

Feb 5, 2018 | Full Review…

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