Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010)
Reviewed by: j.crawford on 2012-06-10
Summary: stylish action adventure
In Big Brother Tsui Hark's 2010 film when unexplained spontaneous combustion kills a pair of dignitaries in 7th-century China, the nation's first female emperor, Wu Zetian calls upon the troublesome Di Renjei aka Detective Dee to solve the mystery in this stylish action adventure.
The director returns to his classic form with this fantasy epic. His decision to cast the lovely and talented Carina Lau as the Empress alongside the seemingly ageless Andy Lau as the title character assures his success with the project. Blend in Hong Kong mainstay actors Leung Ka-Fai and Richard Ng, the compelling scenario glides right along sweeping the viewer up in the never boring 120 minute journey.
In a word, wow! In four words, definitely check it out!
Reviewer Score: 8