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Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon [Blu-ray]

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From legendary action director Tsui Hark and the creators of international smash hit DETECTIVE DEE: MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME comes the captivating tale of Dee Renjie s beginnings in the Imperial police force. His very first case, investigating reports of a sea monster terrorizing the town, reveals a sinister conspiracy of treachery and betrayal, leading to the highest reaches of the Imperial family.

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"The Sherlock Holmes of 7th-Century China" --The Washington Post

"A gargantuan feast of spectacle, martial arts, and sleuthing" --Variety

"Impressive...exhilarating" --The Washington Post

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  • Actors: Mark Chao, William Feng, Angelababy, Carina Lau, Lin Gengxin
  • Directors: Tsui Hark
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: February 11, 2014
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00G3HOLV8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,494 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A couple of years ago, I reviewed an excellent movie titled DETECTIVE DEE: MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME. The review was lost when my blog crashed over a year ago, but my impression of the film still remains; it is an eye-popping masterpiece that dazzles and delights. Director Hark Tsui is back with a prequel to that film, and although Detective Dee is younger in this one, he does not fail to impress. Much like it’s predecessor, YOUNG DETECTIVE DEE: RISE OF THE SEA DRAGON is a fast-paced, action-filled masterpiece that entertains on several levels.

Because this is a prequel, the same actor could not portray Detective Dee. Andy Lau did an excellent job of bringing Dee to life in the first one, and actor Mark Chao continues this tradition with this film. Both men have unique traits and characteristics that help define the legendary inspector, and both do a great job in this role.

YOUNG DETECTIVE DEE: RISE OF THE SEA DRAGON is shot well and looks amazing onscreen. I don’t use this phrase much, but this film is literally a visual feast for the eyes. It uses a lot of CG, which is interwoven with the live-action almost flawlessly. This, therefore, allows for deeper immersion into the story and thus a more entertaining experience.

As with the previous film, the action in this one is intense, and the fight scenes are full of ‘wow’-inducing moves. The wire-work continues to impress, not to mention the fight choreography itself. You just basically can’t ask for better in a martial-arts film.

The storyline of YOUNG DETECTIVE DEE: RISE OF THE SEA DRAGON is also impressive. The narrative never drops off nor does it grow stale; the story moves at a nice pace and there are no dull moments or stalled dialogue.
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After seeing the first one, I hoped there would be more detective dee films and what a great job they did with this prequel. It made my day when I saw it was available to watch. Great acting, story and I love the fight scenes. I can't recommend this series of films enough. Great stuff. I hope they make another one.

p.s. Be sure to watch the credits, there are three little funny extras clips to finish off the film, lol
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I already owned the blu-ray version of this film before purchasing it again from Amazon, as I read in the product description that this version as Cantonese as the language spoken. To my surprise, both audio tracks are in Mandarin. So if you're hoping for Cantonese, this probably is not the version for you. Subtitles are in English though.
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I have to admit what got me to watch this movie was the director's name. I grew up watching the golden age of movies in the 90s and Tsui Hark is just one of those directors in which I'm probably going to watch his movies regardless. His recent ones( Seven Swords, The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate) have been entertaining and so I expected this movie to be no less. I was not disappointed. Young Detective Dee is a prequel to Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame- but you really don't have to watch that one first. It connected but kinda isn't really so it's fine as a stand alone.
Mark Chao plays the brilliant Detective Dee in his earlier years before he becomes the polished, methodic version of himself in the first film. I was actually hesitant to watch this film at first because I was not familiar at all with Mark Chao's acting..and looking on Wikipedia... I haven't seen very many of his movies as he is still fairly new. He was decent as the main character and I really had to remind myself not to compare his interpretation with Andy Lau's because their acting styles are different. Mark Chao's portrayal of Detective Dee might have been what he would have been in his youth, but sometimes I found that he seemed kind of lost. I'm not sure if that was what he intended to portray- but at times, he seems very impassive and comes off as a bit of a mouth breather instead of being the brilliant Dee but it's far and few in between and most likely intending to show how Detective Dee wasn't always the master of mysteries and had his moments growing up...but I digress. All in all Mark Chao gave a solid performance as Dee. I did not find him lacking really in the character. Carina Lau makes another appearance in here reprising her role as the Empress.
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This is a great movie which has a excellent story and vivid visual effects!! If you enjoy the Detective Dee books or Sherlock Holmes this is worthy buying or renting. Looking forward to see if there are any more movies that will follow this up!!!
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If you have read any of my previous reviews, anyone will know that I love stylized martial arts movies. With that said, the movies also need an engaging plot. This movie is good from start to finish. Even the closing credits are good so make sure to watch. I was really impressed by the action done by Feng Shaofeng. Everyone did a magnificent job, but he was the man and did more wire work than everyone else. If you are looking for a deep movie, this is not it. However, if you are looking for a movie with action, a bit of comedy and great special effects, this is it.
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