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Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010)

Di renjie: Tong tian di guo (original title)
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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.

Director:

Hark Tsui

Writers:

Chia-Lu Chang (screenplay), Kuo-Fu Chen | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Ka Fai Leung ... Shatuo Zhong
Chao Deng ... Pei Donglai
Carina Lau ... Empress Wu Zetian
Bingbing Li ... Shangguan Jing'er (as Li Bing Bing)
Andy Lau ... Detective Dee
Jean-Michel Casanova Jean-Michel Casanova ... General Aspar (as Michel)
Sos Haroyan Sos Haroyan ... Assistant to Umayyad Ambassador
Jialin Zhao ... Interpreter
Yan Qin ... Jia Yi
Jinshan Liu Jinshan Liu ... Xue Yong
Aaron C. Shang Aaron C. Shang ... Shaizi (as Aaron Shang)
Deshun Wang Deshun Wang ... Xiazi Ling
Mickey He ... Prison Officer (as Shenming He)
Lu Yao Lu Yao ... Li Xiao
Yanming Jiang ... Undertaker
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and some sexuality. | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Spanish

Release Date:

30 September 2010 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Di Renjie: Tong tian di guo See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,617, 4 September 2011

Gross USA:

$459,836

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,723,285
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A sequel is being planned before the first film's Chinese release. See more »

Goofs

The Iberic Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) was conquered by the Umayyad Arabs from 711 AD onwards, so a Spanish speaking Umayyad Ambassador to the Chinese Imperial court at the end of the 7th century AD would predate this conquest. See more »

Quotes

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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Followed by Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon (2013) See more »

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Mystic and Melodramatic Adventure with a Magnificent Cinematography
9 June 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee 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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