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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.


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
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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I very much enjoyed this film. I haven't had much background as far as the "Monkey King", other than the Japanese series when it was being broadcast in the U.K. (Under the appropriate title "Monkey"). Still, I kind of was aware of the characters, and liked their appearance in this flick. One thing I didn't care for was the length, which was no doubt easier to handle during it's television broadcast. Also, towards the end shortly after the scene shifts to the modern day. I think if you give it a chance, you'd like this.

Francis LaLonde
Francis LaLonde

This was a failed attempt to modernized a traditional Chinese folklore. First off, where did the producers of the film came up with the idea of adding a Caucasian character to the field of Chinese characters and elements? Like what, were they trying to Americanized the story or something? Though the story wasn't half bad, I was a hoping it kept the Chinese mythologies and flare. Plus, I remembered there were a lot of Buddhist undertones in the original story, but it seemed this film downplayed it, and that was so disappointing. The film's cast was alright, nothing to rave about. The visuals and art direction was fine too, but it wasn't unique or on par with other Hallmark Entertainment offerings. Overall, the film was enjoyable, to an extent, but failed to keep the Chinese elements of the story.

Robert Thach
Robert Thach

This is real comical, but outragious tale, but well worth the time and enjoyment. lacks a few simplistic scenarios, but well done....

Tom Hakes
Tom Hakes

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