Detective Dee and the mystery of the phantom flame

Detective Dee and the mystery of the phantom flame

DVD - 2011 | Chinese
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A bizarre murder mystery brings together the most powerful woman in China, the soon-to-be-Empress Wu Zetian, and a formerly exiled detective, Dee Renjie, at the infamous Imperial Palace. Hoping 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. Inspired by the true story of one of the Tang Dynasty's most celebrated officials.

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Annieoywong
Dec 27, 2016

An awesome movie with good action scenes. Those who like to watch Kung Fu movies would be entertained by this film.

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booksbooks1
Aug 12, 2014

Don't look for plot but not a disappointment because of the cinematography, the beautiful fight scenes and the Empress (who belongs in "Star Wars"...)

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tenet
Apr 13, 2014

Rated 1/10.

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ilovewhippets
Nov 03, 2013

Enjoyable movie! Interesting story! The set is mesmerizing!

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Cassisa
Nov 27, 2012

Awesome movie! It's become one of my favourites! (^_^)

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jvanderg
Sep 22, 2012

Ending didnt totally make sense, however the action was pretty good and plot interesting and complex.

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Sanrin
Sep 03, 2012

Over-the-top special effects, strong characterization, and a creative plot make this a fun action movie to watch. Fabulous recreations of Tang Dynasty China, mixed with some modern elements. Gorgeous costumes, good fight scenes (Sammy Ho choreographed) with different weapons -- each of the three main characters has a weapon that reflects their personalities. The extras that explain some of how the movie was made are excellent, although too short. Recommended. :-)

theorbys Jul 10, 2012

A spectacular, fast moving, kung fu film that takes time to dwell a little on the beautiful for the sake of beauty. Andy Lau does a great job as Detective Dee, a 7th century Sherlock Holmes of the Tang Dynasty. The plot is intricate and involuted but easy enough to follow. The closest thing I could compare this to is the comics/video game action genre (which owes A LOT to the Hong Kong kung fu films) that is dominating the movies these days, and this is a really, really good one. Fine film making all the way through and a real treat if you are a fan of high quality kung fu movies.

btmslt Mar 06, 2012

This movie was a mixture of a lot of different things, good and bad. The story line was rather simple, the action sceens not as long as I would have expected, but somehow it kept my interest.

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