Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
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A bizarre murder mystery brings together the most powerful woman in China, the soon-to-be-Empress Wu Zetian (Carina Lau, 2046), and a formerly exiled detective, Dee Renjie (Andy Lau, The Warlords), at the infamous Imperial Palace. Hoping that he will solve the crime before her coronation, Wu appoints Dee Chief Judge of the Empire and implores him to combine his indisputable wisdom with his unparalleled martial arts skills to save the future of her dynasty. Director Tsui Hark (Once Upon A Time In China, Seven Swords) teams with action choreographer Sammo Hung (IP Man, Kung Fu Hustle) in this heart-pounding, epic thriller inspired by the incredible true story of one of the Tang Dynasty’s most celebrated officials.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 47
- Fresh: 38
- Rotten: 9
- Average Rating: 6.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Witty but not campy, grand without being unduly somber, it is a crazy, almost-coherent riot of intrigue, color and kineticism anchored by the charisma of its cast.
Fresh: We'd call it Crouching Tiger, Freakin' Masterpiece.
Fresh: Chang Chia-lu's intricate script bristles with wit and suspense; the film from start to finish is a terrific entertainment.
Rotten: If nothing else, the film is colorful.
5 stars for hi-end visuals and fight scenes
leave it up to the chinese for stellar wire work, colorful fabrics, breathtaking scenery and a pension for freak alchemy mixed with ancient mysticism. This movie's subbing (sub-titles) are well done and accurate. Had to watch this a couple of times to get it all...does not disappoint.
Great fight scenes and beautiful scenery. Poor scenario and acting as usual with the chinese movies.
This is Crazy
itunes why can't this movie be purchased? Something has to be done about this it's a really good movie
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2011
- © (C) 2010 Huayi Brothers Media Corporation Huayi Brothers International Ltd.