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Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (movie)
Movie Review: 'Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame'
Movie Review: 'Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame'

"Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame" finds Tsui Hark, a genre wizard, in top form in this splendid, action-filled period epic. It has opulent, stylized settings of elegance, grandeur and scope, flawless special effects, and awesome martial arts combat staged by the master, Sammo Hung. Yet bravura spectacle never overwhelms either the plot or the key characters. Chang Chia-lu's intricate script bristles with wit and suspense; the film from start to finish is a terrific entertainment. It is AD 690, and the ruthless Empress Wu (Carina Lau) is about to ascend the throne. To mark the occasion she has ordered the construction of a 66-yard-high statue of a female...

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