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NARRATIVE FEATURE | 122 MIN | 2011

DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME

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On the eve of her coronation as China's first female ruler, Wu Zetian's colossal Buddha statue is nearing completion when a series of mysterious events threaten to derail the empress' rise to power. Two high-ranking officials burst into flames after inspecting the statue, leading to suspicions of foul play targeted toward the empress. On the counsel of her spiritual advisor (who takes the form of a talking deer), the empress summons legendary sleuth and martial arts expert Detective Dee out of exile in prison to solve the case. With the help of the beautiful and deadly Jing'er and albino imperial guard Pei, Dee sets out to crack the case… and crack a few skulls along the way.

Stunningly choreographed fight scenes abound in this intricately plotted whodunit, set in an exquisitely realized steampunk version of ancient China. 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: Andy Lau, Bingbing Li, Carina Lau, and Tony Leung Ka-fai.

Film Information
Year: 2010
Length: 122 minutes
Language: Mandarin
Country: China
Premiere: U.S.
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Andy Lau, Carina Lau, Jean-Michel Casanova, Teddy Robin Kwan, Bingbing Li, Chao Deng
Director: Tsui Hark
Screenwriter: Chang Chia-lu
Producer: Wang Zhonglei, Wang Zhongjun
Editor: Yau Chi-Wai
Director of Photography: Chan Chi-Ying, Parkie Chan
Production Designer: Sung Pong Choo
Composer: Peter Kam
Action Director: Sammo Hung
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Co-hosted by

Subway Cinema

About the Director(s)
TSUI HARK graduated in film from the University of Texas in Austin. In 1979 he directed his debut, Die bian. He co-founded production house Film Workshop, which produced such classics as John Woo's A Better Tomorrow. Hark's Swordsman, Dragon Inn, and Once Upon a Time in China created a new era and standard for the "wuxia" genre that has now become a trend in filmmaking.

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