Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

Vernon Film Society Director: Hark Tsui
Cast: Tony Leung Ka Fai, Chao Deng and Carina LauRun Time: 119 minutes
Run Time: 119 minutes
Country: China/Hong Kong
Year: 2011
Language: In Mandarin with English subtitles
Rating: PG (Violence)

A period epic from genre master Tsui Hark, Detective Dee is an action-packed, visually breathtaking Sherlock Holmes-style mystery starring some of China's top acting talent. Stunningly choreographed by master Sammo Hung, this intricately plotted whodunit is set in an exquisitely realized steampunk version of ancient China.

On the eve of her coronation as Empress (Carina Lau), China's most powerful woman is haunted by a chilling murder mystery: seven men under her command have burst into flames, leaving behind only black ash and skeletal bones. Recognizing this threat to her power, she turns to the infamous Dee Renjie (Andy Lau): a man whose unparalleled wisdom is matched only by his martial arts skills. As he battles a series of bizarre dangers, he unveils a chilling truth that places his life, and the future of an entire dynasty, in peril.

" It has opulent, stylized settings of elegance, grandeur and scope, flawless special effects, and awesome martial arts combat staged by the master, Sammo Hung. Yet bravura spectacle never overwhelms either the plot or the key characters. Chang Chia-lu's intricate script bristles with wit and suspense; the film from start to finish is a terrific entertainment. " - Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

Reviews: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/detective_dee_and_the_mystery_of_the_phantom_flame/

Official Website and trailer: http://releasing.indomina.com/detective-dee

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