Get A First Glimpse Of Tsui Hark's YOUNG DETECTIVE DEE

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
Tsui Hark had a big hit on his hands with his Andy Lau starring Detective Dee and he is no doubt hoping lightning will strike twice for him with the character as he prepares his prequel offering Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon.

The young Dee Renjie arrives in the Imperial Capital, intent to become an officer of the law. Empress Wu, who is at the start of her reign, has sent the fiery-haired Detective Yuchi to investigate a sea monster that stalks the city at night. By chance, both Dee and Yuchi fight off the creature when it attacks a ceremonial procession carrying the beautiful courtesan Yin to be sacrificed at a temple to appease the Gods. Suspicious of the stranger, Yuchi has Dee imprisoned. Dee escapes with the help of visiting doctor Shatuo and together they discover that the upper reaches of society, including the Emperor himself, are addicted to a poisonous tea produced by Yuan's famous teahouse. Yuan, who was romantically attached to Yin, has been missing for months. Dee shadows the courtesan, who is under Yuchun's protection, until the sea monster reappears. Just as the two men are about to kill it, Yin reveals that the monster is her lover, Yuan. Yuan has been poisoned by a foreign Prince whose kingdom was overthrown by the Emperor. As the Prince's army readies itself on a nearby island to attack the capital, a real sea dragon rises from the deep.
Mark Chao takes over the title role while Tsui continues his love affair with 3D technology. Producers Huayi Brothers recently released a first brief teaser as part of an overall lineup preview. Check it out below.

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  • Qinlong

    I personnally would have preferred a sequel, with Andy Lau and, somehow, Li Bing Bing. I really liked their chemistry in the first one.

  • CJ

    No Andy Lau, then what's the point?

    It'll be like when Hark replaced Jet Li with some nobody for two unsuccessful ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA sequels.

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