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Di renjie: Tong tian di guo ()


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An exiled detective is recruited to solve a series of mysterious deaths that threaten to delay the inauguration of Empress Wu.

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Shatuo Zhong
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Pei Donglai
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Empress Wu Zetian
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Shangguan Jing'er (as Li Bing Bing)
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Detective Dee
Jean-Michel Casanova ...
General Aspar (as Michel)
Sos Haroyan ...
Assistant to Umayyad Ambassador
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Interpreter
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Jia Yi
Jinshan Liu ...
Xue Yong
Aaron C. Shang ...
Shaizi (as Aaron Shang)
Deshun Wang ...
Xiazi Ling
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Prison Officer (as Shenming He)
Lu Yao ...
Li Xiao
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Undertaker
Yonggang Huang ...
Zhang Xun
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Wang Lu - before face-lift
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Wang Lu - after face-lift (as Teddy Robin)
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Lu Li
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Wife of Jia Yi (as Liz Veronica Foo)
Nan Xu ...
Chamberlain
Jin Chai ...
Qiu Shenji
Yingxin Shen
Qian Jiang
Chia-lu Chang ...
(as Jialu Zhang)
Hongjun Cheng
Xuehai Jiao
Ming Lu
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(as Jinhu Jia)
Zhengbing Yuan

Directed by

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Hark Tsui

Written by (WGA)

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Chia-lu Chang ... (screenplay) (as Jialu Zhang)
 
Kuo-Fu Chen ... ()
 
Qianyu Lin ... (original story)

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Felice Bee ... co-producer
Peggy Lee ... producer
Nansun Shi ... producer
Hark Tsui ... producer

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Peter Kam

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Chi-Ying Chan ... director of photography
Chor Keung Chan ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Chi Wai Yau

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Gérard Estival ... color timer: not credited
Hideyuki Mako ... post production supervisor

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Sung Pong Choo

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Sung Pong Choo ... (as James Chiu Sung-Bong)
Chi-Pang Chung ... (as Chi Pang Terrance Chung)
Zhen Wu

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Bruce Yu

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Hsun-Wei David Chang ... assistant director

Art Department

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Tak Fu Chou ... set designer
Yu Hang Tsang ... assistant art director

Sound Department

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Danrong Wang ... sound
Gang Wang ... sound
Nan Zhao ... supervising sound editor
Ying Zhao ... re-recording mixer / sound effects editor

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Dongho Han ... fx supervisor & Lead fx
Yanming Jiang ... visual effects supervisor
Phil Jones ... visual effects supervisor
Chang-bae Kang ... visual effects
Dongsoo Kim ... compositing supervisor: AZworks
Janghyung Kim ... senior effects technical director
Mirang Kim ... lighting td
Jinny Ko ... effects technical director: AZworks
Hyukil Kwon ... matte painter
Yong-gi Lee ... visual effects
Sang-woo Nam ... visual effects

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Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... action director
Chi Kit Lee ... assistant stunt coordinator

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Saeed Adyani ... still photographer
Benjamin Childs ... still photographer
Marc Ehrenbold ... camera operator
Wai-Chuen Wong ... gaffer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Man Kit Chow ... costume assistant

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Kin-wai Wong ... composer: additional music

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Stego Zhang ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

In 689 A.D., the Empress Wu Zetian is building a 66 m high statue of Buddha for her inauguration as the first empress of China under the objections and conspiracy of the other clans. When the engineer responsible for the construction mysteriously dies by spontaneous combustion, the superstitious workers are afraid since the man removed the good luck charms from the main pillar. There is an investigation of Pei Donglai and another investigator that also dies after withdrawing the amulets. Empress Wu assigns her loyal assistant Shangguan Jing'er to release the exiled Detective Dee from his imprisonment to investigate with Donglai and Jing'er the mystery of the deaths. They ride in a mystic and epic adventure to unravel the mystery. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Also Known As
  • Di Renjie: Tong tian di guo (China, Mandarin title)
  • Di Renjie: Tong tian di guo (Hong Kong, Mandarin title)
  • Dik Yan Git: Tung tin dai gwok (Hong Kong, Cantonese title)
  • Detective D (Singapore, English title)
  • Detective Dee: The Mystery of the Phantom Flame (World-wide, English title)
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  • 123 min
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Budget $13,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend China CNY118,000,001, 03 Oct 2010
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $51,723,285

Did You Know?

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Trivia Based on the Chinese folk hero Di Renjie, popularized in the West by a series of detective novels written by Robert Van Gulik, who called him "Judge Dee". See more »
Goofs General Asper, the Umayyad Ambassador, speaks modern day Spanish, a language that did not yet exist as such at the end of the 7th century CE. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Venice Film Festival 2010 (2010). See more »
Quotes Empress Wu Zetian: Remember, when one's aim is to achieve greatness... everyone is expendable.
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