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Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame Review - (1-1/2 out of 5 stars)

1 September 2011 8:21 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Review of Detective Dee - Exhaustive, and exhausting, lineup of fight scenes feels silly after a while. This Chinese murder mystery (with a title that sounds like a Scooby Doo episode -- ruh roh) and wannabe epic bursts at the seams with nonstop hand-to-hand combat and is brought further down with the occasional phony-looking stage-set or CGI effects. But unlike its lineup of far superior kung fu predecessors over the past decade-plus -- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Hero; House Of Flying Daggers, even May’s True Legend -- Dee’s lack of compelling characters and abstruse storyline had me primarily wondering when it would end. The title character is based on legendary Tang Dynasty official Di Renjie, a real-life judge known in every Chinese household today and made famous in the West by Robert van Gulik’s Judge Dee mystery series, written in the mid-twentieth century. »

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Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame Review - (1-1/2 out of 5 stars)

1 September 2011 8:21 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Review of Detective Dee - Exhaustive, and exhausting, lineup of fight scenes feels silly after a while. This Chinese murder mystery (with a title that sounds like a Scooby Doo episode -- ruh roh) and wannabe epic bursts at the seams with nonstop hand-to-hand combat and is brought further down with the occasional phony-looking stage-set or CGI effects. But unlike its lineup of far superior kung fu predecessors over the past decade-plus -- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Hero; House Of Flying Daggers, even May’s True Legend -- Dee’s lack of compelling characters and abstruse storyline had me primarily wondering when it would end. The title character is based on legendary Tang Dynasty official Di Renjie, a real-life judge known in every Chinese household today and made famous in the West by Robert van Gulik’s Judge Dee mystery series, written in the mid-twentieth century. »

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Blu-ray Review: Detective Dee & The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame

14 July 2011 9:31 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

As the undisputed king of big-budget wuxia films, Tsui Hark seems to have cherry-picked the cast and crew for his 43rd film, the big budget epic mystery Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame. Loosely based on Robert van Gulik’s series of books centering on Judge Dee, an especially astute investigator working during the Chinese Tang Dynasty, Tsui Hark’s film takes plays fast and loose with history but keeps the set pieces humming and generally doesn’t overstay its welcome until about 90 minutes in. The final stretch is laborious, with an already convoluted plot taking on new strands, while the final showdown, set inside a skyscraper of a Buddha statue, is conceptually impressive but not particularly interesting to watch.

The years is 690 Ad and Chinese history is about to be written as Empress Wu Zetian (Carina Lau) takes the final steps necessary for her to seize »

- Mark Zhuravsky

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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 »

- Baron Fornightly

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