YMMV / Detective Dee

  • Acceptable Targets: Averted. That Turkish-looking general who visited the Buddha statue early on? Has nothing to do with the plot against Wu Zetian whatsoever. Shatuo still has multiple Turkish-looking mooks, however.
    • Shatuo (沙陀) is both the name of the film's villain and the name of a Turkish clan that ruled China briefly during the 10th century. Maybe the bad guy is supposed to be Turkish.
    • Played with in the second movie. The made-up Dondo nomads originate from the seas around Japan, placing them close to the Okinawa region.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The film seems a fairly normal historical cop-drama until the magic talking deer appears. It's later revealed that the voice came from ventriloquism, which only makes slightly more sense. The upside of this is that the viewer is kept guessing as to whether the Phantom Flame effect is genuinely supernatural or not, given all the other clearly unrealistic stuff that happens.
  • Crazy Awesome: The second movie has Dee on a horse, in the middle of the ocean, on floating ship wreckage, trying to outrun a Kaiju.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: At the end of the Second movie, Dee, Shatuo, and Yuichi are invited to a feast by Empress Wu to congratulate them on solving the case. They are offered to drink some Bird's Tongue tea that Empress Wu assures does not contain the parasites, when they all take a drink, Empress Wu says Bring the medicine.
  • Narm:
    • The first victim snapping in half when he catches on fire.
    • It's really hard to take the fight between Dee and the CGI deer seriously, especially for anyone who's seen The Ring Two.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Phantom Flame sure qualifies, especially the death of Pei Donglai.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The movie is fairly pretty, although not a world beater by any stan...what do you mean, all this was done for only US$13 million?!
  • What an Idiot!: The Dondo kidnappers in the second movie. They have a Conlang, which makes it even more baffling that they'd discuss their plans in Mandarin. Even without Dee's lip reading skill, people can hear them anyways.