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mjb0123's avatar


I agree with a lot of comment era's heard great things and then I watch it and it is just kind of blah. Sets were great. Idea great, just doesn't come off exceptionally. Middle of the road movie plot...
6 years 6 months ago
KuroSawWhat's avatar


Very disappointing. The trailer is better than the movie. All the cheesy CGI in the world can't save a script which is devoid of all human emotion or any logical sense.
7 years 8 months ago
badblokebob's avatar


I'd heard a lot of good things about this, so sad to say I found it really disappointing. Not bad, just middling.
7 years 9 months ago
BenShee's avatar


I'm going to have to disagree with Siskoid on this one - I almost fell asleep at multiple points in the movie - the acting wasn't bad per se, and the action wasn't bad per se, and the story was strictly speaking fairly middling - but it really did feel like an attempt at Sherlock Holmes in the Tang dynasty, but with more melodrama.

There definitely needed to be more emotion put into the characters to make them likable - a little less CG and fishwire, and a bit more backstory and relate-ability...

As many said - completely middling.
2 years 3 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


It's interesting to me that Tsui Hark's Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame makes use of alchemy because the lead character seems to have suffered a number of alchemical transformations over time. Ostensibly a historical magistrate of the Tang Dynasty (Di Renjie), he became a folk hero and protagonist of an 18th century Chinese novel (as Di Gong An), which was picked up by Robert van Gulik who translated it and then went on to write a whole series of books (and comic strips!) featuring the character (as Judge Dee) through the 40s, 50s and 60s. Today, it's French author Frédéric Lenormand who, since 2004, has been publishing new stories (as Juge Ti) as well. And then it returns to China by way of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes with a heavy dose of Crouching Tiger. What we get is a very well made fantasy action mystery thriller set in the opulent Tang era, with fantastic weirdness always lurking around the corner and enough suspects to keep you guessing. Plus, Andy Lau as Detective Dee.
2 years 4 months ago
DJPowWow's avatar


AKA: "Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame"
8 years 3 months ago
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