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Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame
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Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame

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Inspired by the mysterious killing that stand in her way to power, Wu Zietan, the first empress of China, who faces many opponents who commit horrible crimes to prevent her coming to power, the thing that leads her to ask for help from her best friend, who asks for help from an old wise detective Dee, who sets him free from prison for that purpose.
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Palo Alto Weekly

October 10, 2015

If you're looking for a popcorn movie, producer-director Tsui has crafted an absurdist fantasy that might cure -- or spontaneously combust -- the summertime blues. But even escapist entertainment can have interesting angles.
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Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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November 17, 2011

The game's afoot, and the foot knows kung fu.
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Globe and Mail
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September 23, 2011

Detective Dee is the action flick of the year, a two-hour epic that blows the Pirates of the Caribbean to the Bermuda Triangle.
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Oregonian
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October 13, 2011

In their best moments, Hark's action movies have a what-did-I-just-see giddiness, as if their choreography were springing straight from a cartoon id.
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Chicago Reader
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September 22, 2011

Three decades into his career, Tsui Hark stands as one of the movies' great entertainers, displaying a dancer's sense of rhythm and movement and manipulating physical space with an abandon worthy of Chuck Jones.
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Seattle Times

September 26, 2011

By the end, with the running time pushing past the two-hour mark, it's reasonable to ask: Just who are these people?
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Toronto Star
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September 22, 2011

A colourful carnival of relentless action and artful images.
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Washington Post
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September 23, 2011

"Dee" doesn't shoot for the gravitas of Zhang Yimou's "Hero." It doesn't approach that film's magnificent sensory impact, either, or the artistic romanticism that made "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" such a success here.
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Critic's Notebook
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October 07, 2015

What's tragic about "Detective Dee" is the fact that it rapes a chapter of Chinese history beyond any semblance of reality.
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Film Comment Magazine
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October 09, 2011

The film's visual style is at times so dense it simply overwhelms (ditto the plot).
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Arizona Republic
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September 29, 2011

It is a peculiar conflation of history -- there really was an Empress Wu -- and pure cinematic fantasy.
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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October 20, 2011

There is nothing wrong with its reach, but its grasp of genre elements is random.
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