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YOUNG DETECTIVE DEE: RISE OF THE SEA DRAGON

In 665 A.D., Empress Wu Zetian is in control of a Middle Kingdom at war with its neighbor Yuya. When a fleet sent north to confront them is eradicated and the survivors make noises about a sea dragon, she orders Da Lisi chief Yuchi Zhenjin to investigate while the commoners make plans to appease the gods with a ceremonial fasting by courtesan Yin Ruiji. A new arrival in the capital city of Luoyang, Dee Renjie gets wind of a plot to kidnap Ruiji even before reporting to Da Lisi headquarters to begin as a detective, and gets to the temple just in time to break it up.

Rome International Film Festival, 2013
Maverick Director Award - World Premiere

Locarno International Film Festival, 2014
Special Award: Best Independent Producer Award

Hong Kong Film Awards, 2014
7 Nominations 

Box Office hit in China
97 Milion US $

From the producer of

Tai Chi Zero, Tai Chi Hero

By the director of

Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame 
Once upon a time in China

“A Chinese counterpart to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.”

TWITCH

 

“You will be entertained no end. Young Detective Dee is a gloriously sumptuous-looking film, the art direction leaking opulence with every scene.”

TWITCH

 

“Energized by a youthful cast [...] Tsui Hark’s Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon lays out a gargantuan feast of 3D spectacle, high-wire martial arts, splendiferous period aesthetics, intelligent sleuthing and even an ancestor of Pacific Rim’s kaiju.”

VARIETY

 

Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon is a visual spectacle from beginning to end.”

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

 

“Amusingly flamboyant [...] with impressive set pieces.”

THE WASHINGTON POST

Hark Tsui
2013 | China | Action, Adventure | 133'