• Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2011)

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

Release Date: September 2nd, 2011

DVD Release Date: December 13th, 2011

PG-13 |2 hr 3 min

Plot Summary

During the Tang Dynasty, China's future empress (Carina Lau) frees an imprisoned detective (Andy Lau) to solve the deaths of two courtiers who burst into flame upon exposure to sunlight.

Cast: Andy Lau, Carina Lau, Li Bingbing, Chao Deng, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Teddy Robin Kwan, Richard Ng, Lu Yao

Director: Hark Tsui

Genres: Historical drama , Mystery , Action

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    John AndersonWall Street Journal

    The pulp-fictional hero is inhabited by the charismatic Andy Lau who, together with Chinese stars Bingbing Li, Ms. Lau and Tony Leung Ka-fai, makes Detective Dee the most purely entertaining film of our vanishing summer. show more

  • 85
    Stephanie ZacharekMovieline

    I've seen Detective Dee twice now, and I still don't think I've taken the full measure of the visual nuttiness, and lushness, Tsui has packed in there. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Although it lacks the historical aura of classic Chinese wuxia backdrops, James Chiu's post-"Avatar" production design is memorably imaginative. show more

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