6.5/10
3,468
17 user 59 critic

Di Renjie: Shen du long wang (2013)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 27 September 2013 (USA)
Trailer
2:35 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

Di Renjie: Shen du long wang is a movie starring Carina Lau, Chien Sheng, and Mark Chao. 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 »

Director:

Writers:

(as Chia-lu Chang), | 1 more credit »
Reviews
18 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

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

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Tony Ka Fai Leung, Chao Deng, Carina Lau
Detective Dee (2018)
Action

Plot unknown.

Director: Fd Wuriee
Action

Detective Dee is forced to defend himself against the accusations of Empress Wu while investigating a crime spree.

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: William Feng, Kenny Lin, Carina Lau
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Set three years after Dragon Inn, innkeeper Jade has disappeared and a new inn has risen from the ashes - one that's staffed by marauders masquerading as law-abiding citizens, who hope to unearth the fabled lost city buried in the desert.

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Jet Li, Xun Zhou, Kun Chen
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A story focusing on a conflict between a People's Liberation Army squad and a bandit gang in north-east China during the Chinese revolution.

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Hanyu Zhang, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Kenny Lin
Qi jian (2005)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Seven warriors come together to protect a village from a diabolical General.

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Leon Lai, Donnie Yen, Charlie Yeung
Hua pi 2 (2012)
Fantasy | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An ancient fox spirit embarks on a diabolical quest to become human after escaping an icy prison, and becomes bound to a disfigured princess who seeks the love of a noble guard as her ... See full summary »

Director: Wuershan
Stars: Xun Zhou, Wei Zhao, Kun Chen
Hua pi (2008)
Action | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An action-thriller centered on a vampire-like woman who eats the skins and hearts of her lovers.

Directors: Gordon Chan, Andy Wing-Keung Chin, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Donnie Yen, Xun Zhou, Kun Chen
Tai Chi Zero (2012)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Yang travels to Chen Village to learn a powerful form of Tai Chi. Though villagers are forbidden from teaching outsiders, Yang becomes their best hope for survival when a man arrives with a plan to build a railroad through the village.

Director: Stephen Fung
Stars: Hark-On Fung, Xiaochao Yuan, Stephen Fung
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

This is a movie set in the late Ming Dynasty. The 3 main characters are all elite guards for the palace. One of their fellow guardsmen goes bad. His former companions must now forget their ... See full summary »

Director: Yang Lu
Stars: Chen Chang, Shih-Chieh King, Dong-xue Li
Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A monk and his three disciples continue on their journey to battle demons.

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Kris Wu, Kenny Lin, Chen Yao
Adventure | Mystery

China's Sherlock Holmes returns in an epic adventure where East meets West. Detective Dee and his entourage team up with a crew of Viking warriors to uncover the mystery of China's imperial bloodline and the mysterious lost city of Ivy.

Stars: Xiao Sun
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Wu Zetian
... The Emperor (as Sheng Chien)
... Dee Renjie
... Yin Ruiji
... Yuchi Zhenjin (as Shaofeng Feng)
... Shatuo Zhong (as Gengxin Lin)
... Yuan Zhen (as Ian Kim)
Dong Hu ... Huo Yi
... Doctor Wang Pu (as Chen Kun)
Shan Zhang ... Chusui Liang (as Zhang Shan)
Guoyi Chen ... Admiral (as Chen Guoyi)
Nan Tie ... Bo Qianzhang (as Tie Nan)
Jie Yan ... Kuang Zhao (as Yan Jie)
Yachao Wang ... Zhou Qian (as Wang Yachao)
Jingjing Ma ... Touba Lie (as Ma Jingjing)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 September 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Detective Dee und der Fluch des Seeungeheuers  »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,278, 11 October 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$87,783

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,774,891
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(dvd)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Crazy Credits

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

Followed by Di Renjie zhi Sidatianwang (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Night Breeze
Music by William Wu
Lyrics by Lin Ping
Performed by Li Shuo
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The rare sequel even more riveting and enthralling than its predecessor, Tsui Hark sets a gold standard in blockbuster entertainment in Chinese cinema
2 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

Legendary Hong Kong director Tsui Hark returns to the Tang Dynasty Sherlock Holmes character which, three years ago, gave his then-flailing film career a much needed shot in the arm. A prequel that sees Taiwanese actor Mark Chao stepping into the titular role once played so memorably by Andy Lau, 'Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon' also sees Tsui Hark building on his much-lauded maiden stereoscopic movie 'Flying Swords of Dragon Gate' by delivering a 3D spectacle that puts many of its Hollywood counterparts to shame. Yes, this is one of the rare films which boast of the 3D format that we will actually recommend paying to extra dollars just to see it with a pair of glasses on - and that is, we may add, from watching the 2D version no less.

Following a rousing prologue that sees the mighty navy of the Tang Dynasty decimated at sea by a massive underwater creature, Chao's opening narration establishes the time and place of the events that follow. It is 665 AD, the joint reign of Emperor Gaozong (Sheng Chien) and the Empress Wu Zetian (Carina Lau) during a time when the country is at war with the Fuyu kingdom. Dee is set to take a job as a magistrate at the Dalisi based in the capital of Luoyang, an organisation whose mission is to keep the peace and investigate any disturbances.

No thanks to the superstition of the common folk, the beautiful courtesan Yin Ruiji (Angelababy) is held as sacrifice to the sea monster at a temple. After he lip-reads a plot by some bad men to hold her ransom, Dee rushes to her rescue, only to be confronted by a human-like reptilian beast that slips away in the melee. Unfortunately for Dee, he isn't that lucky, his initiative to take action on his own earning the wrath of the head of the Dalisi, Yuchi Zhenjin (Feng Shaofeng), who throws him into prison.

Dee's rivalry with Yuchi is one of the recurring themes of the story, which pits the two as intellectual equals racing to crack the case before Zetian has the latter's head for incompetence. It is in prison that Dee meets the Uighur prison doctor Shaluo Zhong (Lin Gengxin), who will become an effectual sidekick Dee relies on for advice - especially as it becomes clear that the explanations he seeks to the phenomena going on around them are medical in nature.

Reunited with his 'Dee' scribe Zhang Jialu, Tsui Hark spins an intriguing mystery revolving around a nefarious conspiracy to overthrow the entire kingdom and its noblemen by an obscure fishing tribe known simply as the Dongdoers. Tsui's penchant for the fantastical remains intact here; and while the earlier 'Dee' had a talking deer, this one figures to throw in a white horse that can swim above and under water on its way to uncovering the origins of the 'Kraken'-like gargantuan monster as well as the half-human, half-reptile animal that seems obsessed with Ruiji. Granted that it does require some suspension of disbelief on the part of its viewer, but Tsui ultimately leaves no stone unturned in rationalising every single detail of his twisty plot.

More so than in the first 'Dee' movie, this one finds Tsui on a much more assured directorial footing juggling a detective story with a good bit of palace intrigue and even tongue-in-cheek humour thrown in for good measure. One of the most amusing bits of the movie is the antidote Shaluo and his master (Chen Kun) comes up with to purge the palace officials of the parasitic infestation taking root in them, a truly delightful little detail that Tsui even uses to end the movie on a high note in a special scene in the middle of the closing credits. Tsui's storytelling is brisk and engaging from start to finish, connecting the dots ever so fluidly from clue to clue as he pieces together a mesmerising tapestry of schemes and secrets.

Enabling his work at top form is an excellent technical team, most notably Kenneth Mak's exquisite production design, Lee Pik-kwan's opulent costumes and Bruce Yu's overall immaculate image design. It is as sumptuous a period epic as you have ever seen, and a most exciting one at that thanks to veteran action director Yuen Bun's cornucopia of gravity-defying wire-ful sequences. Bun and Lam Feng's choreography here most resembles that of Tsui's earlier 'wuxia' pictures, their integration with plenty of impressive CGI work clearly a product and testament of Tsui's vivid - and rather awe-inspiring - imagination that had also undoubtedly conceived the action in 3D right from the get-go.

Amid the visual spectacle, it is to the actors' credit that their characters remain more than one-dimensional. Feng does solid work as the stern Yuchi whose initial strong distrust of Dee gives way to admiration and even respect. Carina Lau doesn't have much screen time as the Empress, but where she appears, is never less than captivating in her regalness. But perhaps the greatest surprise here is Chao, who tempers Andy Lau's showiness with quiet charisma and wry intelligence that gives the titular character a more down-to-earth but no less humbling stature.

And once again therefore, Tsui Hark is back at the very top of his game with yet another outing of this Tang Dynasty sleuth. Coupling a finely spun mystery with splendid visuals and spellbinding martial arts action, Tsui cements his 'Dee' franchise as Asia's answer to Guy Ritchie's 'Sherlock Holmes'. Indeed, the title of this movie is a befitting metaphor of Tsui's own work here, he the metaphorical sea dragon that has risen from the depths of his own doldrums to set the gold standard in blockbuster entertainment for Chinese cinema.


22 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial