History Film / DetectiveDee

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.
27th Sep '15 10:26:38 AM Morgenthaler
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** One of the Dondo fighters wields what can be described as a [[MasterOfTheFlyingGuillotine flying guillotine.]]

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** One of the Dondo fighters wields what can be described as a [[MasterOfTheFlyingGuillotine [[Film/MasterOfTheFlyingGuillotine flying guillotine.]]
10th Aug '15 2:10:57 AM jormis29
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* UnderCity: The Phantom Bazaar is built in a city the subsided into the ground.
7th Aug '15 9:32:37 PM jormis29
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: Jing'er is very sure that the red robed man is not the high priest, mainly because she is the high priest.]]



* SwordLimbo: Jing'er limbos under a flying ''tree trunk'' throw at her by the puppet.

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* SwordLimbo: Jing'er limbos under a flying ''tree trunk'' throw at her by the puppet.red robed man.
7th Aug '15 9:24:55 PM jormis29
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* SwordLimbo: Jing'er limbos under a flying ''tree trunk'' throw at her by the puppet.
7th Aug '15 9:13:49 PM jormis29
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* BlackMarket: After Shatuo suggests the poison that causes the combustions could be from type of beetle called Fire Turtles, the investigators search for more information on the beetles at the Phantom Bazaar, a market that was built by criminals in part of the city that had sunk into the ground.
7th Aug '15 6:57:30 PM jormis29
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* PerfectPoison: Since it [[PoisonIsCorrosive causes you to spontaneously combust]], there's not much forensic evidence left behind.

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* PerfectPoison: Since it [[PoisonIsCorrosive [[SpontaneousHumanCombustion causes you to spontaneously combust]], there's not much forensic evidence left behind.
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