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Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
  • 2010
  • China/Hong Kong
  • 122 min
  • Directed by: Tsui Hark
  • Cast: Andy Lau, Carina Lau, Li Bingbing, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Deng Chao

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Imagine the brilliant deductive powers of Sherlock Holmes allied to the daredevil martial arts prowess of Bruce Lee and you have the measure of Detective Dee, a legendary sleuth from the Tang Dynasty era. Tsui Hark’s sumptuous period adventure offers a work out for the little grey cells and superb action choreography from Sammo Hung. When a succession of court dignitaries die from spontaneous combustion, Empress Wu Zeitan (Carina Lau) calls on Detective Dee (Andy Lau) to solve the mystery and save the day. The result is a triumphant introduction to an iconic Chinese character and one of the most original, eye-catching action movies of the year.

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