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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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Chia-Lu Chang (as Chia-lu Chang)
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Credited cast:
Mark Chao ... Dee
Carina Lau ... Wu Zetian
Shaofeng Feng ... Yuchi Zhenjin
Kenny Lin ... Shatuo Zhong (as Gengxin Lin)
Sichun Ma ... Shui Yue
Ethan Juan ... Master Yuan Ce
Xian Gao Xian Gao ... San Zang
Aoyue Zhang ... Huan Tian Zhenren
Minghu Xu Minghu Xu ... Yi An
Bing Lei Li Bing Lei Li ... Huo Geng
Jiaolong Sun ... Spectral Blades
Chien Sheng ... Emperor Gaozong
Yiwei Yang Yiwei Yang ... Ding Xun
Xichao Wang Xichao Wang ... Flying Smoke
Yiqian Zhang Yiqian Zhang ... Leng Yu


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

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Heaven. Earth. People. Demon. Monster. Buddhism.


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Though "Young" has been dropped from the title, this nevertheless takes place after the second entry but before the first. See more »

Crazy Credits

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


Spun-off from Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010) See more »

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My Last FantAsia Film This Year, Quite Fittingly So
3 August 2018 | by alisonc-1See all my reviews

Detective Dee (Mark Chao) heads the Bureau of Investigation in Tang Dynasty China; as a result of his protection of the kingdom earlier (in "Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame," 2010) the Emperor entrusts to him the Dragon Taming Mace, a weapon so powerful that it will serve to save the nation if needed. Unfortunately, the Empress (Carina Lau) doesn't trust Dee and, really, wants to assume complete power for herself, so she instructs one of the royal guard, Yuchi (Feng Shaofeng), to steal the Mace from Dee, knowing that Yuchi and Dee are long-time close friends and relying upon that friendship to turn to betrayal. Meanwhile, there are a number of clans of wizards who use illusion and sometimes magic to further their own ends, in particular to overthrow the Tang Dynasty....The above description only covers the relatively "normal" part of the story; throw in a bunch of seriously ugly monsters, a heavy dose of wuxia martial arts (fighters climbing the air as if it was a staircase, etc.), an extremely serene Buddhist, a totally unhinged Empress and, well, a love story between a doctor and an assassin, plus tons of sword fights and action all over the place, and you have the latest Detective Dee tale. By the way, the Four Heavenly Kings of the title feature in exactly one scene as statues, some of which are destroyed in the scene, and are never mentioned again. Go figure. I liked it all, a fitting end for 2018's Montreal FantAsia Film Festival for me!

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Release Date:

27 July 2018 (China) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$126,929, 29 July 2018

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Sound Mix:

DTS (DTS: X)| D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 | Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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