It has been 5 years since Tsui Hark last directed wuxia genre action flick. But for fans of wuxia genre Hong Kong flicks, the name should still be enough to pique interest. To mark the 25th anniversary of Film Workshop and its 50th production, Tsui Hark directed Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame. Dubbed as the Sherlock Holmes of ancient China, Detective Dee (Di RenJie) is profound with his skill in investigating crimes and he is sort of animals whisperer. The movie featured Andy Lau, Carina Lau, Li Bing Bing, and Tony Leung Ka Fai. Action choreograph is directed by Sammo Hung. This will be the 3rd time Andy Lau and Li Bing Bing starred on feature films. Schedule to release on October 1st, 2010, Detective Dee and the Mystery of Phantom Flame will be distributed by Huayi Brothers.
In 690 CE, ancient China witnessed one of its most prosperous and dynamic era through the powerful Tang Dynasty. Reaching its peak of time, Tang boasted of the highest population and broadest borders amongst all nations. Neighboring countries bowed to China’s emperor, and European ministers travelled thousands of miles to visit this great kingdom for trade and cultural exchange, and it was also during this time, Empress Wu, the first and only female emperor to ever rule China, was preparing to officially announce her place in throne.
Our story begins at just weeks before the grand inauguration ceremony of Empress Wu is to take place. The entire country had been preparing for this day for many years, redecorating the Imperial Palace, the capital city Luoyang is retouched to the last detail, rare delicacies are shipped in from every corner of the country for the banquet feast, and foreign Ambassadors from around the world have begun to arrive to attend this great celebration. All that was to be done was the completion of the 100 meters tall Stupa that was being built and worked on day and night.
Everything was at the ready; people of the Luoyang city are holding celebrations every night to commemorate this big day to come. And just when nothing could possibly go wrong, a series of unexplainable deaths begin to occur, creating panic within the city. To make matters worse, all the victims are found to be loyal supporters and serving administrators of Empress Wu. Devastated by this, Wu is all the more anxious to find out who or what is behind these murders before it disrupts the inauguration that she had been planning for years. With no choice, Wu calls on the only person she knows who could solve the crimes – the legendary Detective Dee; the man who defied her when she first seized power of the court eight years ago, leading her to send him on exile.
Detective Dee dutifully returns to her Majesty’s service, and partnering with the gung-ho Commander Bei, and the Ghost Doctor, a specialist in black magic and disguise, they set out to unveil the mystery of the murders. As they inch closer and closer to unveiling the truth, they are confronted with further danger and bizarre events…
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