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6 items from 2011


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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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.

Click to watch Detective Dee & Mystery of the Phantom Flame Blu-ray Trailer!

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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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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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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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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DVD Review: Detective Dee – Mystery of the Phantom Flame

19 June 2011 8:13 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Detective Dee – Mystery Of The Phantom Flame

Stars: Andy Lau, Tony Leung, Catrina Lau, Lee Bingbing, Deng Chao | Written by Chen Kuofu & Lin Qianya | Action Director: Sammo Hung | Directed by Tsui Hark

“When a series of mysterious murders prevents the inauguration of China’s first Empress, Detective Dee, the greatest investigative mind and Kung Fu Master of his generation, is brought back from exile to embark on a manhunt that will forever change the course of history! With a matchless performance from leading-man Andy Lau (Warlords and House of the Flying Daggers) and breathtaking action from the martial arts director of Ip Man and Ip Man 2, Detective Dee is non-stop, heart-racing entertainment in the highest traditions of Asian Action Cinema.”

Detective Dee – Mystery of the Phantom Flame is a 2010 Chinese martial arts/whodunit movie based on the Chinese folk hero and celebrated Tang Dynasty official Di Renjie, otherwise known as »

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