History Film / DetectiveDee

19th Feb '18 9:08:08 PM Angeldeb82
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* BittersweetEnding: Dee's heart has found peace, but [[spoiler: his love-interest and CowboyCop partner are killed, his best friend betrayed him, and the less-than-virtuous Empress Wu Zetian has succeeded the throne. Oh, and he can't go outside in the sun ever again, or else he'll burst into flames!]]
* BlackAndGreyMorality: Wu Zetian is hardly a virtuous ruler, and none knows it better than Dee, who has spent eight years in jail for opposing her rule. But the conspirators are worse.

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* BittersweetEnding: Dee's heart has found peace, but [[spoiler: his love-interest and CowboyCop partner are killed, his best friend betrayed him, and the less-than-virtuous Empress Wu Zetian has succeeded the throne. Oh, and he can't go outside in the sun ever again, or else he'll burst into flames!]]
flames]]!
* BlackAndGreyMorality: BlackAndGrayMorality: Wu Zetian is hardly a virtuous ruler, and none knows it better than Dee, who has spent eight years in jail for opposing her rule. But the conspirators are worse.



* BodyguardCrush: Jing'er is ''quite'' [[LesYay devoted]] to Wu Zetian.

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* BodyguardCrush: Jing'er is ''quite'' [[LesYay [[HoYay devoted]] to Wu Zetian.



* ConspicuousCGI: Occasionally. The TransformationSequence comes to mind.

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* ConspicuousCGI: ConspicuousCG: Occasionally. The TransformationSequence comes to mind.



* PunnyName: Donkey Wang. Yes. Technically, it's [[TheyCallMeMisterTibbs Dr. Donkey Wang.]]

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* PunnyName: Donkey Wang. Yes. Technically, it's [[TheyCallMeMisterTibbs Dr. Donkey Wang.]]Wang]].



* RecycledInSpace: Could be described as "''[[Film.SherlockHolmes Sherlock Holmes]]'' [[AC: IN CHINA]]". Wu Zetian even acts a lot like Queen Victoria does in such stories.

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* RecycledInSpace: RecycledINSPACE: Could be described as "''[[Film.SherlockHolmes Sherlock Holmes]]'' "''Film/SherlockHolmes'' [[AC: IN CHINA]]". Wu Zetian even acts a lot like Queen Victoria does in such stories.



* TheresNoKillLikeOverkill: The number of arrows fired at Dee and Jing'er would sink a boat.

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* TheresNoKillLikeOverkill: ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The number of arrows fired at Dee and Jing'er would sink a boat.



* WholesomeCrossdresser: [[spoiler: Jing'er is the High Priest]].

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* WholesomeCrossdresser: [[spoiler: Jing'er is the High Priest]].Priest.]]



* TheMole: [[spoiler:[[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal That one constable who's been stuck with guard duty for years]].]]

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* TheMole: [[spoiler:[[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal That one constable who's been stuck with guard duty for years]].]]years.]]]]



** One of the Dondo fighters wields what can be described as a [[Film/MasterOfTheFlyingGuillotine flying guillotine.]]
** Yuan Zhen's fate [[spoiler:is equal parts ComicBook/SwampThing and the Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon.]]

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** One of the Dondo fighters wields what can be described as a [[Film/MasterOfTheFlyingGuillotine flying guillotine.]]
guillotine]].
** Yuan Zhen's fate [[spoiler:is equal parts ComicBook/SwampThing and the Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon.]]Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon]].
4th Feb '18 9:27:21 AM PlasmaTalon
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* ButNowIMustGo: [[spoiler:Justified. Dee declines Empress Wu's offer of joining her court and goes to the Phantom Bazaar since the poison he was doused in will kill him if he ever enters sunlight again.]]
29th Oct '17 10:33:47 AM nombretomado
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* VoluntaryShapeshifting: An important plot point hinges on a certain acupressure point that allows you to completely alter the shape of your face. For Chinese audiences, the impact is heightened by [[spoiler: iconic character actor Richard Ng transforming into equally iconic character actor Teddy Robin]]. A Hollywood equivalent would be if SteveBuscemi [[LatexPerfection ripped off a rubber mask]] to reveal himself as ChristopherWalken.

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* VoluntaryShapeshifting: An important plot point hinges on a certain acupressure point that allows you to completely alter the shape of your face. For Chinese audiences, the impact is heightened by [[spoiler: iconic character actor Richard Ng transforming into equally iconic character actor Teddy Robin]]. A Hollywood equivalent would be if SteveBuscemi Creator/SteveBuscemi [[LatexPerfection ripped off a rubber mask]] to reveal himself as ChristopherWalken.Creator/ChristopherWalken.
8th Aug '17 10:59:36 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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''Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame'' is a 2010 People's Republic of China/Republic of China co-production. The title character is loosely based on the real-life Tang Dynasty magistrate Di Renjie, who also inspired the ''Literature/JudgeDee'' novels and short stories. The film is not based on those novels however, and relies primarily on ''[[{{Wuxia}} wuxia]]'' action.

The plot takes place shortly before the ascension of UsefulNotes/WuZetian, China's first female emperor, to the throne. An enormous Buddha statue is being built for the occasion when the director of its construction mysteriously bursts into flames and dies. The investigators are baffled until Wu Zetian calls on Detective Dee, a man whom she imprisoned eight years previously for opposing her rule. With the imperial agent [[ActionGirl Shangguan]] [[LoveInterest Jing'er]], and young policeman [[PragmaticHero Pei Donglai]], Dee [[YouHave48Hours has until the coronation starts]] to solve the mystery of the phantom flame.

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''Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame'' is a 2010 People's Republic of China/Republic of China co-production. The title character is loosely based on the real-life Tang Dynasty magistrate Di Renjie, who also inspired the ''Literature/JudgeDee'' novels and short stories. The film is not based on those novels however, and relies primarily on ''[[{{Wuxia}} wuxia]]'' ''{{wuxia}}'' action.

The plot takes place shortly before the ascension of UsefulNotes/WuZetian, China's first female emperor, to the throne. An enormous Buddha statue is being built for the occasion when the director of its construction mysteriously bursts into flames and dies. The investigators are baffled until Wu Zetian calls on Detective Dee, a man whom she imprisoned eight years previously for opposing her rule. With the imperial agent [[ActionGirl Shangguan]] [[LoveInterest Jing'er]], and young policeman [[PragmaticHero Pei Donglai]], Dee [[YouHave48Hours has until the coronation starts]] starts to solve the mystery of the phantom flame.



* RaceAgainstTheClock: Dee has until the coronation to solve the crime.



* YouHave48Hours: Dee has until the coronation to solve the crime.

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* YouHave48Hours: Dee has until the coronation to solve the crime.



* YouHave48Hours: Yuchi is given 10 days to solve the mystery, Dee pleads to get a delay, and is given 24 hours.
24th Jun '17 9:34:56 AM nombretomado
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* GreatDetective: Dee is based on an actual historical figure, but his status as an ancient Chinese Sherlock Holmes is based on the 18th century novel ''狄公案'', and in the West on Robert van Gulik's JudgeDee stories.

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* GreatDetective: Dee is based on an actual historical figure, but his status as an ancient Chinese Sherlock Holmes is based on the 18th century novel ''狄公案'', and in the West on Robert van Gulik's JudgeDee ''Literature/JudgeDee'' stories.
22nd Jun '17 10:54:58 AM FuzzyBoots
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* TheMarvelousDeer: The Empress's chaplain appears as a talking deer to let her know to find Dee.
20th Feb '16 3:22:17 PM Adept
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** Yuan Zhen's fate [[spoiler:is equal parts SwampThing and the Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon.]]

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** Yuan Zhen's fate [[spoiler:is equal parts SwampThing ComicBook/SwampThing and the Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon.]]
17th Feb '16 5:53:46 PM TastySauce
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The plot takes place shortly before the ascension of UsefulNotes/WuZetian, China's first female emperor, to the throne. An enormous Buddha statue is being built for the occasion when the director of its construction mysteriously bursts into flames and dies. The investigators are baffled until Wu Zetian calls on Detective Dee, a man whom she imprisoned eight years previously for opposing her rule. With the imperial agent [[ActionGirl Shangguan]] [[LoveInterest Jing'er]], and policeman [[PragmaticHero Pei Donglai]], Dee [[YouHave48Hours has until the coronation starts]] to solve the mystery of the phantom flame.

A second movie with the subtitle ''Rise of the Sea Dragon'' was released in 2013. It is a {{Prequel}}, with {{time shifted actor}}s for returning characters (Dee and Shatuo) except Empress Wu, focusing on Dee's first case in Luoyang. With the residing police chief [[InspectorJavert Yuchi]] in his way, and a new ally [[NaiveNewcomer Shatuo]] on his side, Dee must come to the rescue of [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman Ruiji]], who is seemingly targeted by both a nomadic cult and a reptilian creature from the depths. Unfortunately the capital has an even bigger concern. [[{{Kaiju}} Big enough to sink an Imperial fleet, as a matter of fact.]]

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The plot takes place shortly before the ascension of UsefulNotes/WuZetian, China's first female emperor, to the throne. An enormous Buddha statue is being built for the occasion when the director of its construction mysteriously bursts into flames and dies. The investigators are baffled until Wu Zetian calls on Detective Dee, a man whom she imprisoned eight years previously for opposing her rule. With the imperial agent [[ActionGirl Shangguan]] [[LoveInterest Jing'er]], and young policeman [[PragmaticHero Pei Donglai]], Dee [[YouHave48Hours has until the coronation starts]] to solve the mystery of the phantom flame.

A second movie with the subtitle ''Rise of the Sea Dragon'' was released in 2013. It is a {{Prequel}}, with {{time shifted actor}}s for returning characters (Dee and Shatuo) except Empress Wu, focusing on Dee's first case in Luoyang. With the residing police chief [[InspectorJavert Yuchi]] in his way, and a new ally [[NaiveNewcomer Shatuo]] on his side, Dee must come to the rescue of [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman Ruiji]], who is seemingly targeted by both a nomadic cult and a reptilian creature from the depths. Unfortunately the capital has an even bigger concern. [[{{Kaiju}} Big enough to sink an Imperial fleet, as a matter of fact.]]
17th Feb '16 5:41:44 PM TastySauce
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''狄仁杰之通天帝國'' (English title: ''Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame'') is a 2010 People's Republic of China/Republic of China co-production. The title character is loosely based on the real-life Tang Dynasty magistrate Di Renjie, who also inspired the ''Literature/JudgeDee'' novels and short stories. The film is not based on those novels however, and relies primarily on ''[[{{Wuxia}} wuxia]]'' action.

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''狄仁杰之通天帝國'' (English title: ''Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame'') Flame'' is a 2010 People's Republic of China/Republic of China co-production. The title character is loosely based on the real-life Tang Dynasty magistrate Di Renjie, who also inspired the ''Literature/JudgeDee'' novels and short stories. The film is not based on those novels however, and relies primarily on ''[[{{Wuxia}} wuxia]]'' action.
31st Dec '15 4:34:40 AM rafi
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* DyeingForYourArt: Donglai's actor even bleached his eyelashes to play a convincing albino.
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