The prequel to Tsui Hark's 2010 film Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame ups the action stakes with more martial arts, mystery and a monster! Detective Dee Renjie's beginnings in the Imperial police force are recounted in his very first case, a investigation of a sea monster terrorizing the town which  reveals a sinister conspiracy of treachery and betrayal, leading to the highest reaches of the Imperial family.

Regardless of whether you love him, hate him, or are completely unaware of him, Tsui Hark remains the most important Chinese film director working today. He burst onto the scene as part of the Hong Kong New Wave movement in the 1980s, and has since made 54 features, 31 as director, and produced blockbusters in every genre known to man. In the process he has lit up most of the stars in the Hong Kong heavens (John Woo, Chow Yun-fat, Jet Li, Brigitte Lin, and Ching Siu-tung all owe their careers to Tsui). 


In Mandarin with English subtitles.

"Easily on par with any of the effects-laden tentpoles from the LA industry of late, Tsui Hark's finely attuned vision of epic fantasy consistently bewilders the senses." - Simon Foster, Screen-Space

"Raising the bar sky-high for Chinese blockbuster entertainment, 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." – Maggie Lee, Variety

Presented by Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

Director: Tsui Hark

Starring: Angelababy, Carina Lau, Kun Chen, Mark Chao,

Details: 134 min. PG 2013 China / Hong Kong