Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon [Blu-ray]
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"A gargantuan feast of spectacle, martial arts, and sleuthing" --Variety
"Impressive...exhilarating" --The Washington Post
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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.Read more ›
p.s. Be sure to watch the credits, there are three little funny extras clips to finish off the film, lol
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The fight scenes were crazy....the CGI took it a lil overboard but overall a MUST SEE!Published 1 month ago by Marcus
If you're like me, you found "Detective Dee an the Mystery of the Phantom Flame" to be such an incredible film that it left you hungering for more. Read morePublished 2 months ago by G. Rashid
Loved this movie. Great costumes, fun dialogue, great adventurePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wouldn't work in my player but checking to see if it's the diskPublished 5 months ago by Allan L. Smith
Whole family enjoyed Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon. It captures your attention from beginning to end , this movie is an intricately developed mystery with stunning... Read morePublished 10 months ago by A. Nash
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