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Di renjie: Tong tian di guo (2010)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Shatuo Zhong
... Pei Donglai
... Empress Wu Zetian
... Shangguan Jing'er (as Li Bing Bing)
... Detective Dee
Jean-Michel Casanova ... General Aspar (as Michel)
Sos Haroyan ... Assistant to Umayyad Ambassador
... Interpreter
... Jia Yi
Jinshan Liu ... Xue Yong
Aaron C. Shang ... Shaizi (as Aaron Shang)
Deshun Wang ... Xiazi Ling
... Prison Officer (as Shenming He)
Lu Yao ... Li Xiao
... Undertaker
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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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Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and some sexuality. | See all certifications »

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30 September 2010 (China)  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

CNY 118,000,001 (China), 3 October 2010

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,617, 4 September 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$459,836

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,723,285
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Trivia

One of the sculptures was a 80-meter bust of Empress Wu Zetian, a key element of the film that cost $12 million to design and decorate. During production, reporters were invited to enter the bust's interior, which included a 12 meter tall circular platform. Outside of the platform hung red and white drapes that were full of scriptures. See more »

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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 »

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Detective Dee: Shatuo... do you still remember Donkey Wang? Luoyang City Was built a thousand years ago. The old city subsided during the Han dynasty. A new city was built on top during the Sui dynasty. The old underground city became a black market. They call it the Phantom Bazaar.
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Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2010 (2010) See more »

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Mystic and Melodramatic Adventure with a Magnificent Cinematography
9 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

In 689 A.D., the Empress Wu Zetian (Carina Lau) 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 with a spontaneous combustion of his body, the superstitious workers are afraid since the man removed the good luck charms from the main pillar. There is an investigation of Pei Donglai (Chao Deng) and another investigator that also dies after withdrawing the amulets.

Empress Wu assigns her loyal assistant Shangguan Jing'er (Li Bing Bing) to release the exiled Detective Dee (Andy Lau) 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.

"Di Renjie" is a mystic and melodramatic adventure with a magnificent cinematography and wonderful choreography of fights. However, the plot entwines action with moments of soap-opera that might be culturally appreciated by Asian viewers, but absolutely boring and breaking the pace of the first-half of the film. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Detetive D e o Império Celestial" ("Detective D and the Celestial Empire")


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