A return to classic wuxia films that carries the Tsui Hark signature; namely action, high flying kung fu, charming storyline and likeable characters. Tsui Hark is back and Andy Lau is terrific as Detective Dee! Carina Lau almost steals the show with her presence though..
The last time I saw a Tsui Hark directed film was 2008’s romantic ghost story called “Missing” which I didn’t really care for that much. Well, it seems like the director who has been hailed as China’s defining director in the 80’s and in the early 90’s has finally returned to the genre that he does very well with “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame”. It is an entertaining period film that is a welcome return to real Wuxia madness … more