The Lost Empire


2h 2001

Brief Synopsis

Miniseries based on the 16th century classic of Chinese literature, "Journey to the West," by Cheng-en Wu. In this updated version of the classic, Nick Orton is on a quest to find a rescue a famous Chinese manuscript -- "Journey to the West" -- from a group of demons who have kept it and author Wu p

Film Details

Also Known As
Lost Empire, Monkey King, The
Release Date
2001
Location
Malaysia; Prague, Czech Republic; Singapore

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Synopsis

Miniseries based on the 16th century classic of Chinese literature, "Journey to the West," by Cheng-en Wu. In this updated version of the classic, Nick Orton is on a quest to find a rescue a famous Chinese manuscript -- "Journey to the West" -- from a group of demons who have kept it and author Wu prisoner in a mythical underground world.

Nick, 35, is a China scholar-turned-business consultant whose world-weary cynicism belies a poet's heart. While on an archeological dig of secret Chinese tombs, Nick's epic adventure begins by a "chance" meeting with Kwan Ying, a beautiful goddess sent by the Terracotta Warriors (who recognize Nick as the "Scholar from Above") to recruit him for the heroic task of rescuing the manuscript within three days -- or face the world's end. is recruited by a goddess to save the world by battling the malevolent spirits of the "Five Traditional Masters." His heroic mission is to prevent them from erasing a vital manuscript without which, mythology dictates, civilization will be crushed -- but along the way, he also discovers the true meaning of love.

Though initially rebuffing the challenge, Nick wonders if he isn't supposed to accept the mission when the earth begins to shiver and shake. He then descends into the tombs where he frees the powerful Monkey King, a god who has been trapped for 500 years. Here begins a mentor-student relationship as Monkey King teaches Nick the skills of the noble warrior. In return, Monkey King learns something about the human heart. Together with Monkey King's sidekicks, Pigsy, a wig that walks like a human, and Friar Sand, a dour behemoth, they battle against Shu the Censor, enemy of the manuscript, and his army of demons.

For Nick, however, the battles are both internal and external. Not only must he defeat Shu and rescue "Journey to the West," but he must also convince Wu, its disheartened author, that his work matters. And when Nick falls in love with Kwan Ying, he must choose between stripping her of her powers, or letting her go.

Crew

Adam Aldridge

Special Effects

David Allday

Art Director

Nik Allder

Special Effects

John Altman

Music

Mark Ardington

3-D Animator

Martin Asbury

Storyboard Artist

Julia Ashby

Art Director

Dimitri Bakalov

Animation Supervisor

Keith Barton

Researcher

John Bateman

Adr

Gary E Beach

Effects Assistant

Marc Beros

Construction Manager

Oscar Beuselinck

Assistant Director

Jean Bourne

Script Supervisor

Nathalie Buce

3-D Animator

Chas Cash

3-D Animator

Francesca Castellano

Other

Victor Cervenka

Stunts

Jeff Clifford

Special Effects

David Connell

Director Of Photography

Laurent Cordier

Matte Painter

John N Davey

Construction Manager

Karen Dawson

Hairdresser

Karen Dawson

Makeup

Lucy Denny

Assistant

Keith Devlin

2-D Artist

Peter Drozda

Stunt Coordinator

Carol L Dudley

Casting

Catherine Duncan

Effects Coordinator

John C. Ferguson

Gaffer

Johnny Fontana

Special Effects

Miroslav Fozo

Assistant Director

Alan Freedman

Adr

Luke Furlonger

Construction

Adrian Getley

Visual Effects

Andy Glen

Music Editor

Karman Graham

Accounting Assistant

Sean Gray

Production Assistant

Johanna Graysmark

Set Decorator

Charlie Green

Construction

Colin Green

Editor

Helen Gregory

Assistant Production Coordinator

Isobel Griffiths

Music Contractor

Matt Grimes

Sound Editor

Martin Grosup

Director Of Photography

Todd Grove

Production Accountant

Elizabeth Hagen

Accounting Assistant

Mikael Hakansson

3-D Animator

Robert Halmi

Executive Producer

Robert Halmi Jr.

Executive Producer

James Hambridge

Assistant Art Director

Steven Harding

Producer

Steven Harding

Unit Production Manager

Jim Healy

Special Effects

Erik Heinila

Photography

Kate Higham

Assistant Editor

Martin Hitchcock

Production Designer

Michal Holubec

Sound Recordist

Dean Humphries

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

David Henry Hwang

Screenplay

David Henry Hwang

Coproducer

Dag Ivarsoy

Visual Effects

Renata Janouskova

Assistant Costume Designer

Deborah Jarvis

Hair

Marianne Jenkins

Production Coordinator

Tom Jenkins

Sound

Milan Jirsa

Gaffer

Matt Johnson

Visual Effects Supervisor

Jon Jones

3-D Animator

Jonas Juhanson

Dolly Grip

Wang Chung Kang

Stunts

Karen Khoo

Assistant Production Coordinator

Patrick Kinney

Assistant Director

George Komrower

Accounting Assistant

Martin Krauka

Assistant Director

Lynn Kressel

Casting

Paul Ladd

Production Assistant

Katerina Lahadova

Production Coordinator

Mike Lambert

Stunts

Paul Lambert

Visual Effects

Barbara Lane

Costume Designer

Marese Langan

Hair

Christa Langhammer

3-D Animator

Sharon Lark

Visual Effects

Mathias Larserud

3-D Animator

Daniel Laurie

Dialogue Editor

Jeremy Lazare

3-D Animator

Chris Learmouth

Visual Effects

Jean Lee

Researcher

Alex Lemke

2-D Artist

Tony Lewis

Music Editor

Penny Leyton

3-D Animator

Josef Lojik

Hair

Viktor Lonek

Video

Jeremy Lovett

Special Effects

James Manning

Office Runner

Danny Margetts

Construction

Martin Martinec

Art Director

Marcia Matthew

Accounting Assistant

Carolyn Mcleod

Casting Associate

Mark Michaels

2-D Artist

Lisa Moore

2-D Artist

Michael Mulholland

3-D Animator

Johnny Mulligan

Accounting Assistant

Jonathan Neil

3-D Animator

Don Ng

Unit Manager Assistant

Mike O'farrell

Consultant

Helena Palmer

Casting Associate

Ron Phillips

Rigging Gaffer

Kieron Phipps

Assistant Director

Steve Price

Music

Mark Ramsey

Key Grip

Roman Rigo

Boom Operator

Adrian Samuels

Visual Effects

Olivier Sarda

2-D Artist

Janine Schneider

Prosthetic Makeup

Bjorn Schroeder

Adr Editor

Terry Schubert

Special Effects

Amy Segal

Production Manager

Danny Shelmerdine

Other

Loulia Sheppard

Hair

Laura Sivakova

Script Supervisor

Alex Mein Smith

2-D Artist

Debra Smith

2-D Artist

Lesley Smith

Hair

Pavel Solc

Production Manager

Andrew Stirk

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Michaela Strnadova

Assistant Director

Hoh Tze Swen

Assistant Director

Colin Thurston

Property Master

Richard Toddman

Adr Editor

Marketa Tom

Assistant Production Coordinator

Ludvik Tomasek

Production Accountant

Sarah Touaibi

Wardrobe

Ridley Tsui

Stunts

Dick Tummell

Consultant

Dominic Tuohy

Special Effects Supervisor

Pavel Typolt

Unit Manager

Aneta Valaskova

Location Manager

Richard Van Den Bergh

Visual Effects

Karel Vanasek

Property Master

Dan Victoire

Visual Effects

Andy Walker

Foley Editor

Frank Walsh

Art Director

Rosemary Warren-green

Other

Michelle Weller

Production Supervisor

Berndt Wiese

Other

David S Williams

2-D Artist

Grace Wong

Other

Gavyn Wright

Other

I-lann Marie Yee

Set Decorator

Vavra Zdenek

Photography

Film Details

Also Known As
Lost Empire, Monkey King, The
Release Date
2001
Location
Malaysia; Prague, Czech Republic; Singapore

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Aired in United States March 11, 2001

Aired in United States March 12, 2001

Released in United States on Video June 19, 2001

Previous title: "The Monkey King."

Began shooting April 7, 2000.

Completed shooting early July 2000.

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