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Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame Blu-ray Review

15 December 2011 11:08 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame Directed by: Tsui Hark Written by: Kuo-fu Chen, Lin Qianyu (story), Jialu Zhang (screenplay) Starring: Andy Lau, Carina Lau, Li Bingbing, Chao Deng, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Jean-Michel Casanova If you thought Guy Ritchie was the only one capable of taking a well-known detective and turning him into an over-the-top action hero, well, then you haven't seen Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame. Directed by Hong Kong veteran Tsui Hark, the movie is inspired by a real-life historical figure from the Zhou Dynasty named Di Renjie, who served as chancellor to Wu Zetian, the first and only female Emperor of China. Prior to that he had been a magistrate and judge, which was the basis for the 18th century novel The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee. This new big budget wuxia film re-imagines him as not only a crime-solving super sleuth, »

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A Mysteriously Good Giveaway! Win a ‘Detective Dee’ Poster and Blu-ray

10 December 2011 3:01 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

This coming Tuesday, December 13, Indominia Releasing will unleash Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame on DVD and Blu-ray for all of us here in the United States to enjoy. It’s an action adventure piece starring legendary Hong Kong actor Andy Lau. And to celebrate the release, we’ve scored three wicked prize packs for you, including a copy of the film on Blu-ray and a very cool poster from Chris Parks at Pale Horse Designs. You can see both the poster and more info about the film after the jump. It’s more than worth the time it will take to make an entry. First, the poster: How to Enter Just leave us a comment on this very article. What should you say? Tell us what the best martial arts film of the past decade is, and why. Winners will be chosen next week and contacted shortly thereafter. About »

- Neil Miller

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Exclusive: Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame Blu-ray Trailer

10 November 2011 3:37 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Master genre director Hark Tsui's critically acclaimed action adventure masterpiece, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, staring legendary Hong Kong actor, Andy Lau, Bingbing Li, Carina Lau, and Tony Leung Ka Fai, leaps on to Blu-ray, DVD, Digital and Video on Demand, this December 13 from Indomina Releasing. We have an exclusive first look at the Blu-ray trailer, which you can check out below.

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A period epic from genre master Hark Tsui, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, is an action-packed, visually breathtaking Sherlock Holmes-style mystery starring some of China's top acting talent: Andy Lau, Bingbing Li, Carina Lau, and Tony Leung Ka Fai. Nominated for Best Special Effects at the 2011 Asian Film Awards and stunningly choreographed by master Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, this intricately plotted whodunit is set in an exquisitely »

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Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame and Hiring a Villain: A Movie Review

31 October 2011 11:00 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Director: Tsui Hark.

Writers: Kuo-fu Chen, Lin Qianyu (original story) and Jialu Zhang (screenplay).

When Chinese producer, director and writer Tsui Hark is heavily involved in a production, he often leaves a huge cinematic stamp on it and the international world pays attention. The last film he directly worked on was Seven Swords (2005), which borrowed on some ideas from Akira Kurosawa's Shichinin no Samurai (Seven Samurai). But these days, his most recent work that’s getting noticed is Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame.

Although Hark is not involved in the writing of this detective mystery thriller, his trademark for phantasmagorical storytelling and gorgeously framed visuals is certainly consistent throughout. The only shame is the larger dependence on CGI in modern Hong Kong Cinema to recreate the sprawling cityscape around Daming Palace, which is the backdrop for most of this film. Also, not all of the »

- noreply@blogger.com (Ed Sum)

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Fantastic Review: ‘Let The Bullets Fly’ Has Swagger and Substance

26 September 2011 1:12 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The fun of Let The Bullets Fly comes directly out of the verbal and situational jump rope that everyone involved commits to. It’s formed with Shakespearean-style characters who both seem larger than life and able to lie. After taking down a horse-drawn train coach, the infamous bandit Pocky Zhang (played coolly by writer/director Wen Jiang) finds out that he’s killed the Governor-to-be of a sleepy little hamlet called Goose Town and decides, what the hell, he’ll ride into town claiming to be the man he’s killed. Fortunately, a toady named Tang (Xiaogang Feng) and the poor dead man’s unaffected widow (Carina Lau) want to tag along to avoid being murdered on the side of the road. When they ride into town, they’ll face off against the man who controls the city with a wealthy fist. Master Huang (played with pure genius by Chow Yun-Fat) gives them the proverbial finger by »

- Cole Abaius

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Film Review: Epic, Unusual ‘Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame’

23 September 2011 5:43 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The roots of the cinematic obsession with wizards, the force and middle earth can be traced back somewhat to the Chinese tradition of the samurai warrior, and the magical realism that is practiced in that genre of films. “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame” packs in action, magic politics and fantasy in a tale based on a real Chinese empress.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

This is an epic story, with larger-than-life heroes and villains. Everything is on a grand scale, including the ability of the martial arts fighters, the soap opera of the mystery and the vastness of a statue of Buddha that is in the center of the story. Director Hark Tsui and action choreographer Sammo Hung (”Kung Fu Hustle”) team up to combine history with the flirtation of warrior fantasy, to reveal the waste and hubris of attempting to secure a section of the world.

The year is 690 A. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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[Review] Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

3 September 2011 3:49 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Acclaimed Hong Kong director Tsui Hark is known for his diverse blend of mixing genres, jumping across different styles from comedy to drama, romance to crime thriller.  However the revered filmmaker has a soft spot for the Wu Xia genre, which helped define his career in the early 90s as he helped shape this peculiar style of cinema. The defining characteristic of the genre consist of a mix of ancient Chinese mythology involving martial artists whose combat is usually portrayed with flair in a complex acrobatic style.

In Detective Dee and The Mystery of the Phantom Flame, Hark attempts to combine the murder mystery qualities of a Sherlock Holmes novel with the more fantastical stylings of the more outlandish Wu Xia style films such as his own classic Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain. In addition, there is a substantial amount of what you’d come to expect from a »

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Chinese Director Tsui Hark on His Decades-Long Journey to Make ‘Detective Dee’

2 September 2011 6:00 AM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

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Tsui Hark has been trying to make a movie about the historical Tang Dynasty official Di Renjie since the mid-1980s. After two decades worth of research and working on other films, he finally began writing his script in 2000 only to find that his colleague Chen Kuofu was also working on a Di Renjie film. Roughly five year ago, Koufu asked Hark to come aboard his project and their collaboration has resulted in “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, »

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Film: Movie Review: Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame

31 August 2011 10:04 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Hearkening back to Tsui Hark’s early films—when the Hong Kong action maestro haphazardly combined genres, the way a bratty kid in a school cafeteria mixes the contents of his lunchbox—Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame is a historical epic with elements of wu xia, supernatural thrillers, and drawing-room murder mysteries. When several of the empress’ most valuable advisors spontaneously combust while preparing for her coronation, the empress (Carina Lau) calls on master detective Andy Lau, a powerful intellect and skilled martial artist whom she exiled for treason after she ascended to the throne. As »

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Exclusive: Hark Tsui Talks Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

29 August 2011 9:40 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director Hark Tsui discsusses his new movie Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, assembling this amazing cast, and much more.

Western audiences may not know Hark Tsui, but he has proven himself as an innovative director over the past 30 years. With films such as Once Upon A Time In China, The Blade, and the fantastic 2005 period drama Seven Swords, Hark Tsui has established a reputation for quality work in China. Hopefully American audiences will feel the same way when his latest movie, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame hits theaters in New York and Los Angeles on September 2.

Like many of Hark Tsui's movies, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame has its roots in Chinese folklore, with several fictional books written about the actual man, Dee Renjie, a Tang Dynasty district magistrate, who is a household name in China and »

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Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame fan art!

29 August 2011 6:23 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See new fan art from Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, starring Andy Lau, Bingbing Li, Carina Lau and Tony Leung Ka-fai. Action pic directed by Tsui Hark (Seven Swords), opens via Indomina Releasing on September 2nd and expands to other areas from September 16th onwards. Detective Dee is an action-packed, visually breathtaking Sherlock Holmes-style mystery starring some of China's top acting talent: Andy Lau, Bingbing Li, Carina Lau, and Tony Leung Ka-fai. Nominated for Best Special Effects at the 2011 Asian Film Awards and stunningly choreographed by master Sammo Hung, this intricately plotted whodunit is set in an exquisitely realized steampunk version of ancient China. On the eve of her coronation as Empress (Carina Lau, 2046), China's most powerful woman is haunted by a chilling murder mystery: seven men under her command have burst into flames, leaving behind.. »

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Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame fan art!

29 August 2011 6:23 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See new fan art from Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, starring Andy Lau, Bingbing Li, Carina Lau and Tony Leung Ka-fai. Action pic directed by Tsui Hark (Seven Swords), opens via Indomina Releasing on September 2nd and expands to other areas from September 16th onwards. Detective Dee is an action-packed, visually breathtaking Sherlock Holmes-style mystery starring some of China's top acting talent: Andy Lau, Bingbing Li, Carina Lau, and Tony Leung Ka-fai. Nominated for Best Special Effects at the 2011 Asian Film Awards and stunningly choreographed by master Sammo Hung, this intricately plotted whodunit is set in an exquisitely realized steampunk version of ancient China. On the eve of her coronation as Empress (Carina Lau, 2046), China's most powerful woman is haunted by a chilling murder mystery: seven men under her command have burst into flames, leaving behind.. »

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Four Clips From Tsui Hark's Detective Dee

19 August 2011 11:42 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Tsui Hark's Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame goes into limited theatrical release on September 2nd in the Us and we've got four new clips from the film to whet the appetite.A period epic from genre master Tsui Hark (Seven Swords), Detective Dee is an action-packed, visually breathtaking Sherlock Holmes-style mystery starring some of China's top acting talent: Andy Lau, Bingbing Li, Carina Lau, and Tony Leung Ka-fai. Nominated for Best Special Effects at the 2011 Asian Film Awards and stunningly choreographed by master Sammo Hung, this intricately plotted whodunit is set in an exquisitely realized steampunk version of ancient China.On the eve of her coronation as Empress (Carina Lau, 2046), China's most powerful woman is haunted by a chilling murder »

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Tsui Hark's 'Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame' movie clips, images and the trailer

19 August 2011 2:25 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Movie trailer and clips from Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame Check out new clips as well as the trailer from the Indomina Releasing action flick starring Andy Lau, Bingbing Li, Carina Lau, and Tony Leung Ka-fai. Qianyu Lin, Chen Kuo-fo and Jialu Zhang write the script for the period epic from genre master Tsui Hark (Seven Swords). Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame is an action-packed, visually breathtaking Sherlock Holmes-style mystery starring some of China's top acting talent. The film was nominated for Best Special Effects at the 2011 Asian Film Awards and is stunningly choreographed by master Sammo Hung,. This intricately plotted whodunit is set in an exquisitely realized steampunk version of ancient China. »

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Tsui Hark's 'Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame' movie clips, images and the trailer

19 August 2011 2:25 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Movie trailer and clips from Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame Check out new clips as well as the trailer from the Indomina Releasing action flick starring Andy Lau, Bingbing Li, Carina Lau, and Tony Leung Ka-fai. Qianyu Lin, Chen Kuo-fo and Jialu Zhang write the script for the period epic from genre master Tsui Hark (Seven Swords). Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame is an action-packed, visually breathtaking Sherlock Holmes-style mystery starring some of China's top acting talent. The film was nominated for Best Special Effects at the 2011 Asian Film Awards and is stunningly choreographed by master Sammo Hung,. This intricately plotted whodunit is set in an exquisitely realized steampunk version of ancient China. »

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Tsui Hark's 'Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame' movie clips, images and the trailer

19 August 2011 2:25 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Movie trailer and clips from Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame Check out new clips as well as the trailer from the Indomina Releasing action flick starring Andy Lau, Bingbing Li, Carina Lau, and Tony Leung Ka-fai. Qianyu Lin, Chen Kuo-fo and Jialu Zhang write the script for the period epic from genre master Tsui Hark (Seven Swords). Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame is an action-packed, visually breathtaking Sherlock Holmes-style mystery starring some of China's top acting talent. The film was nominated for Best Special Effects at the 2011 Asian Film Awards and is stunningly choreographed by master Sammo Hung,. This intricately plotted whodunit is set in an exquisitely realized steampunk version of ancient China. »

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Exclusive Pics: Andy Lau Stars in 'Detective Dee' from 'Once Upon a Time in China' Director Tsui Hark

17 August 2011 5:28 PM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

If you’re a fan of Chinese cinema and like Sherlock Holmes, then Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame should be right up your moviewatching alley. Starring Andy Lau, Bingbing Li, Carina Lau and featuring stunning fight choreography from Hong Kong action star Sammo Hung, Dee is slated to get a limited release September 2nd. This period epic from genre master Tsui Hark (Once Upon a Time in China) finds Empress (Carina Lau), on the eve of her coronation as China’s most powerful woman, being haunted by a murder mystery – seven men under her command have burst into flames, leaving nothing but ashes and bones. She enlists the services of Dee Renjie (Andy Lau) – a man whose unparalleled wisdom is matched only by his martial arts skills. Dee battles a series...

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Indomnia Gives Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame a New Trailer

23 July 2011 8:55 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Good news for American Tsui Hark fans: Indomnia Releasing is giving those of us living within Region 1 the opportunity to check out the immensely talented director’s critically-acclaimed thriller later this year. In order to get you and your entire family prepared for its release, the distributor has given the Intrawebs a brand new trailer. Not surprisingly, it’s pretty cool. You can see for yourself by averting your eyeballs to the clip embedded below. For the uninitiated, a brief synopsis: A bizarre murder mystery brings together the most powerful woman in China, the soon-to-be-Empress Wu Zetian (Carina Lau, Curiosity Kills the Cat), and a formerly exiled detective, Dee Renjie (Andy Lau, Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon), at the infamous Imperial Palace. Hoping that he will solve the crime before her coronation, Wu appoints Dee Chief Judge of the Empire and implores him to combine his indisputable wisdom »

- Todd Rigney

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Us Trailer For Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame

23 July 2011 2:31 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Indomnia will be releasing Tsui Hark's Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame in the Us this fall. It is great news because this action spectacle, starring Andy Lau and Carina Lau, is the best film director Tsui has made in recent years.Official synopsis: A bizarre murder mystery brings together the most powerful woman in China, the soon-to-be-Empress Wu Zetian (Carina Lau, Curiosity Kills the Cat), and a formerly exiled detective, Dee Renjie (Andy Lau, Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon), at the infamous Imperial Palace. Hoping that he will solve the crime before her coronation, Wu appoints Dee Chief Judge of the Empire and implores him to combine his indisputable wisdom with his unparalleled martial arts skills to save the future »

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Fantasia 2011: Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010)

15 July 2011 11:25 AM, PDT | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

Chinese director Tsui Hark finally got back in good shape. His latest film Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame is by no definition Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Nevertheless, his film provides a somehow solid and entertaining story.

In 690 Ad, Wu Zetian (Carina Lau) is about to be the first woman to wear the Chinese crown. However, when many highly placed officials die in the palace, her coronation might be threatened. The future Empress believes that because she's a woman, someone wants her away from the throne.

This is why she gets Di Renji (Andy Lau), a former dissident who opposed Wu Zetian's regency eight years earlier, out of his exile in order to investigate. With the help of Pei Donglai (Chao Deng), another official, and Shangguan Jing'er (Bingbing Li), the Empress's right-hand "woman", Di Renji will discover that someone is actually preparing a conspiracy against the Empress. »

- anhkhoido@gmail.com (Anh Khoi Do)

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