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Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, is a 2010 epic mystery film that is a fictional account of Di Renjie, one of the most celebrated officials of the Tang Dynasty. A co-production between China and Hong Kong, the film was directed by Tsui Hark from a screenplay written by Chen Kuofu. The film is an adaptation of the book, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, authored by Lin Qianyu. The film stars Andy Lau as the lead role, and features art direction and fight choreography by Sammo Hung. The film's supporting cast includes Carina Lau, Li Bingbing, Deng Chao and Tony Leung Ka-fai. Principal photography for Detective Dee began in May 2009; the film was shot at Hengdian World Studios in Zhejiang, China. Detective Dee was released in China on 29 September 2010 and in Hong Kong on 30 September 2010. The film was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 2010 Venice Film Festival.[2][3] The film also made its North America debut by premiering at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.[1]

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review by . December 20, 2010
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3 ½ Stars: Tsui Hark Returns to What He Does Best!
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 …
Quick Tip by . December 20, 2010
posted in ASIANatomy
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..
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