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Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame

Preparing for her coronation day, Wu Zietan, the first empress of China, decides to build a huge status as a symbol for her, but when the workers died mysteriously by her opponents, she asks help from her best friend, who gives orders to tease the detective Dee from prison, in order to solve the case and find out the suspect.
Duration: 119 min
Quality: HD
Release: 2010
IMDb: 6.6
Keywords:  #Carina Lau #Chao Deng #Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame #Hark Tsui #Tony Ka Fai Leung
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Globe and Mail
September 23, 2011
Detective Dee is the action flick of the year, a two-hour epic that blows the Pirates of the Caribbean to the Bermuda Triangle.
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October 13, 2011
In their best moments, Hark's action movies have a what-did-I-just-see giddiness, as if their choreography were springing straight from a cartoon id.
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Palo Alto Weekly
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If you're looking for a popcorn movie, producer-director Tsui has crafted an absurdist fantasy that might cure -- or spontaneously combust -- the summertime blues. But even escapist entertainment can have interesting angles.
Seattle Times
September 26, 2011
By the end, with the running time pushing past the two-hour mark, it's reasonable to ask: Just who are these people?
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 20, 2011
There is nothing wrong with its reach, but its grasp of genre elements is random.
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Toronto Star
September 22, 2011
A colourful carnival of relentless action and artful images.
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Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 17, 2011
The game's afoot, and the foot knows kung fu.
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Washington Post
September 23, 2011
"Dee" doesn't shoot for the gravitas of Zhang Yimou's "Hero." It doesn't approach that film's magnificent sensory impact, either, or the artistic romanticism that made "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" such a success here.
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Chicago Reader
September 22, 2011
Three decades into his career, Tsui Hark stands as one of the movies' great entertainers, displaying a dancer's sense of rhythm and movement and manipulating physical space with an abandon worthy of Chuck Jones.
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Film Comment Magazine
October 09, 2011
The film's visual style is at times so dense it simply overwhelms (ditto the plot).
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Critic's Notebook
October 07, 2015
What's tragic about "Detective Dee" is the fact that it rapes a chapter of Chinese history beyond any semblance of reality.
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Arizona Republic
September 29, 2011
It is a peculiar conflation of history -- there really was an Empress Wu -- and pure cinematic fantasy.
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