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Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (2018)

Di Renjie zhi Sidatianwang (original title)
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Detective Dee is forced to defend himself against the accusations of Empress Wu while investigating a crime spree.

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Hark Tsui

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Chia-Lu Chang (as Chia-lu Chang)
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Credited cast:
Mark Chao ... Dee
Carina Lau ... Wu Zetian
Kenny Lin ... Shatuo Zhong (as Gengxin Lin)
Shaofeng Feng ... Yuchi Zhenjin
Ethan Juan ... Master Yuan Ce
Sichun Ma ... Shui Yue
Xian Gao Xian Gao ... San Zang
Chien Sheng ... Emperor Gaozong
Yiwei Yang Yiwei Yang ... Ding Xun
Jiaolong Sun ... Spectral Blades
Bing Lei Li Bing Lei Li ... Huo Geng
Aoyue Zhang ... Huan Tian Zhenren
Tangad Borkhuu Tangad Borkhuu ... Night Ghost
Xichao Wang Xichao Wang ... Flying Smoke
Minghu Xu Minghu Xu ... Yi An
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Carina Lau is the only actor to appear in all three films of the franchise. See more »

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The opening credits are in Chinese only, requiring English subtitles for North America. The end credits are the traditional Chinese and English. See more »

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A Wu Xia treat
9 January 2020 | by asandorSee all my reviews

Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (Di Renjie zhi Sidatianwang) is the latest in the Detective Dee series, following a powerful Lord-detective as he works to save the kingdom from foes both external, internal, and metaphysical. This film follows Dee after he has received the Dragon Mace, and the power to exercise judgement over all in the Tang Empire, including the Emperor and his co-ruler, the Empress. However, a threat emerges in the guise of the Wind Cult and the Mystic Cult. These are hardened warriors that helped the first Tang Emperor take power, but were betrayed by him. They seek revenge, and have used their magic illusions to trick the Empress into trying to close down Detective Dee and his Bureau of Investigation.

What follows is a highly stylized Wu Xia film with fair action, fun fantasy, and a competent plot. Much like the other films in this series, Detective Dee continues the trend of quality Wu Xia films in a genre that is often marred by poor or mediocre flicks. I greatly enjoyed the story and feel of this one, with the magic feeling fun, and some goofy moments abound. The action, sound and music are al of good quality, as is the acting and cinematography. On the complaints side, the story can feel weak at times, and the special effects are relatively poor.

That being said, this is a fun film to watch in the Wu Xia genre, and continues the trend of interesting Wu Xia coming out of China. Well worth a watch as a good film 7/10.


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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

27 July 2018 (China) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$126,929, 29 July 2018

Gross USA:

$262,963

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,040,771
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Huayi Brothers See more »
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DTS (DTS: X)| D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 | Dolby Atmos

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2.35 : 1
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