On DVD and Blu-ray this coming Feb. 11 be on the lookout for Well Go U.S.A.’s Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon, the big-budget, CGI-loaded prequel to the international hit from 2010, Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame.
The ARR comes in at 137 days, with a domestic box office take from the film’s limited theatrical break currently at $81,983.
The first film brought our hero detective/martial arts expert Dee out of exile to solve a crime before the coronation of the 7th Century (during the transition from the Tang to Zhou Dynasties) Empress Wu Zetian.
Rise of the Sea Dragon takes us back to Dee’s (played this time around by Mark Chao — So Young, Caught in the Web) very first case as part of the Imperial police force, with a sea monster causing havoc, and the Imperial family involved in a plot to kidnap a gorgeous courtesan.
Director Tsui Hark long ago made his mark in cinema with Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Double Team and Knock Off, producing John Woo's A Better Tomorrow, Jet Li’s Once Upon a Time in China series and the epic multimedia production Seven Swords.
However, the Detective Dee films mark a new mix of genres for the long-time filmmaker, combining Chinese martial arts, suspense, mystery, history and comedy, all in a visually impressive form — even lavish — from start to finish.
The film earned a Golden Lion nomination at the Venice International Film Festival this year.
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