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Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon (2013)

Di Renjie: Shen du long wang (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 27 September 2013 (USA)
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From legendary action director Tsui Hark and the creators of international smash hit Detective Dee - Mystery Of The Phantom Flame comes the captivating tale of Dee Renjie's beginnings in ... See full summary »

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Hark Tsui

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Chia-Lu Chang (as Chia-lu Chang), Kuo-Fu Chen | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carina Lau ... Wu Zetian
Chien Sheng ... The Emperor (as Sheng Chien)
Mark Chao ... Dee Renjie
Angelababy ... Yin Ruiji
Shaofeng Feng ... Yuchi Zhenjin
Kenny Lin ... Shatuo Zhong (as Gengxin Lin)
Bum Kim ... Yuan Zhen (as Ian Kim)
Dong Hu ... Huo Yi
Kun Chen ... Doctor Wang Pu (as Chen Kun)
Shan Zhang Shan Zhang ... Chusui Liang (as Zhang Shan)
Guoyi Chen Guoyi Chen ... Admiral (as Chen Guoyi)
Nan Tie Nan Tie ... Bo Qianzhang (as Tie Nan)
Jie Yan Jie Yan ... Kuang Zhao (as Yan Jie)
Yachao Wang Yachao Wang ... Zhou Qian (as Wang Yachao)
Jingjing Ma Jingjing Ma ... Touba Lie (as Ma Jingjing)
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From legendary action director Tsui Hark and the creators of international smash hit Detective Dee - Mystery Of The Phantom Flame comes the captivating tale of Dee Renjie's beginnings in the Imperial police force. His very first case, investigating reports of a sea monster terrorizing the town, reveals a sinister conspiracy of treachery and betrayal, leading to the highest reaches of the Imperial family. Written by Anonymous

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By the 1700s, "gong'an" detective novels were a well known genre in China, with "Di Gong'an" being one of the most popular. In 1949 an English translation, 'The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee', was published. See more »

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Contains two sequences during credits - The Queen honours Dee, Shatuo and Yuchi with Birds Tongue Tea - then forces them to take the medicine they had prescribed themselves. Then the Doctor has a comic scene in which he questions whether it was the right medicine. See more »

Connections

Follows Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010) See more »

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Night Breeze
Music by William Wu
Lyrics by Lin Ping
Performed by Li Shuo
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A watchable fantasy action drama thriller epic
5 October 2013 | by YJLcoolSee all my reviews

Tsui Hark is back again with his latest fantasy-action-drama-adventure-thriller epic - Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon, which serves as a prequel to Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame released in 2010.

The film tells how the young Dee rise to become a respectable detective for the Tang Dynasty, befriends the doctor Shaluo (similar to Sherlock Holmes and Watson) and his rival, Chief Commissioner/Detective Yuchi, unravels and solves an intriguing mystery case which involves a plot to assassinate the royal family and palace officials to overthrow the entire kingdom.

In order to fully enjoy the film, it requires some suspension of disbelief from the audience for some of the fantasy or action elements shown in the film such as riding a horse underwater, 'Kraken' beast, parasites that can change a person's looks and behaviour entirely, flying around fighting in the air, etc.

Although the wire-action choreography was great and well handled throughout the film, but the action scenes gets a little too much and it feels tedious to watch as the film moves on. It took away the focus of the mystery plot and a lot of potential character development required in the film. However, most of the lead and supporting actors did a fine job in portraying their character roles.

The CGI has improved a lot and looked believable and realistic compared with past Chinese big budget films. Overall, it's still a watchable, entertaining Chinese big budget production comparable to Hollywood standards.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

27 September 2013 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,795, 29 September 2013

Gross USA:

$87,783

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,774,891
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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