Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame

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Director Tsui Hark’s flamboyant and kinetic martial arts action adventure Discuss this article

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Director Tsui Hark’s flamboyant and kinetic martial arts action adventure is his strongest work in years, as visually voluptuous as its serpentine plot is devilishly clever. Set at the end of the 7th century, the movie follows the byzantine political manoeuvring surrounding the ascension of Empress Wu (Carina Lau). The eponymous hero (Andy Lau), a political dissident jailed for his opposition to the empress, is set free and ordered to solve a bizarre series of spectacularly arranged murders, where the victims have spontaneously disintegrated after being exposed to the sun.

Working with the great Hong Kong fi ght choreographer Sammo Hung, Tsui unleashes one superbly choreographed set piece after another, especially in an underground battle sequence involving a supernaturally endowed warrior. The movie is marred by an excessive use of digital manipulation, and the episodic plot is sometimes overwrought. But that’s all beside the point. Like the best Hong Kong action movies, Detective
Dee
has a musical rhythm and balletic grace that invite total surrender.

By Patrick Z McGavin
Time Out Doha,

Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame

  • Duration: 119
  • Released: Thu, 18 Apr
  • Classification: PG15
  • Language: Spanish,Mandarin
  • Website
  • Director: Hark Tsui
  • Stars: Tony Leung Ka Fai, Chao Deng, Carina Lau

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