Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
Di Renjie: Tong tian di guo
China, Hong Kong, 2010, 119 minutes, SD
The Fate of an Empire Is in His Hands
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame Synopsis

Tsui Hark tells a fictionalised account of one China’s most celebrated officials in this action thriller which Time Magazine hailed as one of the best films of 2011!


In 689 A.D., the Empress Wu Zetian is building a 66 m high statue of Buddha for her inauguration as the first empress of China under the objections and conspiracy of the other clans. When the engineer responsible for the construction mysteriously dies by spontaneous combustion, the superstitious workers are afraid since the man removed the good luck charms from the main pillar.


There is an investigation of Pei Donglai and another investigator that also dies after withdrawing the amulets. Empress Wu assigns her loyal assistant Shangguan Jing'er to release the exiled Detective Dee from his imprisonment to investigate with Donglai and Jing'er the mystery of the deaths.


“…cinematic delight” - Time Magazine

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Reviewed by conradriggs
Director Tsu Hark masterfully mixes together elements ofrnepic adventure, mystery and lots of action in this film.  Notwithstanding the CGI effects I'd have tornsay this film was totally engrossing to... more
Director Tsu Hark masterfully mixes together elements ofrnepic adventure, mystery and lots of action in this film.  Notwithstanding the CGI effects I'd have tornsay this film was totally engrossing to watch! rnAndy Lau of films like "Shaolin", "God of Gamblers"rnand "A Simple Life" shines in this movie as Detective Dee.  A surefire martial arts gem you don't want tornmiss!
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Reviewed by jeteli
FIery action sequences and a detective story that's hard to miss! This film earned many awards and visually appealing not only for the costumes, the giant Buddha and other  impressive... more
FIery action sequences and a detective story that's hard to miss! This film earned many awards and visually appealing not only for the costumes, the giant Buddha and other  impressive production design work but more so because of the fight scenes. Although based on the story of a Tang Dynasty official, this  Tsui Hark movie is richly interjected with fictional characters like a talking deer and a fire turtle. Andy Lau as Detective Dee was magnetic and quick-witted and other impressive performances are from Li Bingbing and Deng Chao.  Do give this film a watch, you'll regret if you won't! 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
Truly enjoyed watching this period epic film inflicted with that mystery-thriller genre reminiscent of Agatha Christie and Nancy Drew detective stories! Intensely engaging, fast-paced and with a powerhouse cast, there's... more
Truly enjoyed watching this period epic film inflicted with that mystery-thriller genre reminiscent of Agatha Christie and Nancy Drew detective stories! Intensely engaging, fast-paced and with a powerhouse cast, there's no question in my mind when I learned this film raked in countless awards and recognition from prestigious film fests. To top it all, the action sequences by no less than legendary martial artist Sammo Hung makes the movie riveting, keeping you at your seat's edge!  Commendable work as only Tsui Hark can pull off! 
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