Written January 02, 2012
One review called this movie a cross between Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes and Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. The comparison is apt. The martial arts here are over the top and amazing, and the mystery is solid, as an imprisoned detective in ancient China is let out to investigate several mysterious deaths by spontaneous combustion. On the minus side, the movie sort of feels like a propaganda piece for the Chinese government.
Written October 25, 2011
Not expecting much, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality action sequences (orchestrated by the great Sammo Hung) and the general atmosphere of the film. The music was complementary throughout and the acting was, on the whole, solid. Some special effects were a bit fake looking, but for an eastern-produced film were acceptable. Worth your time if you're into Crouching Tiger style action with an interesting, historical backdrop.
Written September 11, 2011
I used to go to the Chinese movie theaters on Bowery before Bowery became JAHEHIM (just another high end haven in manhattan).
I saw some fabulous films, both serious historical-action and modern gangster slapstick. They were very visually inventive and fast-paced and sometimes elaborately plotted... and highly entertaining. Detective Dee is the next step along this path of evolution.
The scenes in the underworld city and the CGI of the Buddha are awesome. And, the acting of the main characters is great.
Too a cinematic omnivore like me who enjoys quality in whatever form it comes, this is another delightful night out.
Written September 27, 2011
This is a gorgeous & quirky tale that is perfect for adventure and fantasy lovers from about 10 years old and up. Tsui Hark brings his painterly eye to a detective tale set in 7th Century China, and is helped by Sammo Hung's surreal action choreography, where anything can happen and usually does. The movie is relatively bloodless, which is a blessing (little gore) and a curse (little emotion) but lots of fun with great visuals and music.
Keep in mind that there are subtitles, which was no problem for my 10 year old.
Written September 12, 2011
This was a great movie. I really liked it. It had a good story, and a lot of action. Even if you don't read the subtitles, you will still be able to know what is going on. I watch a lot of anime, so I am use to reading subtitles. These are the kind of movies I like. I am glad I live in a big city where I have theaters that play movies like this. If you have the chance to see it, go.