Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

November 16, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Posted in 2011 | Leave a comment

This was actually a reasonably enjoyable movie with a very silly name.  It is part of the genre of new Chinese kung-fu movies of which “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” is the most famous, but I think that “Hero” has been the best so far.  This movie is not in that class but it was fun, none-the-less.  It seemed to enjoy the absurdity of some scenes (as when the title character was kung-fuing a herd of rogue deer).  The special effects were as you’d expect for a film like this one and the story is a by-the-book noirish mystery.  Overall, it was not terribly imaginative and it lacked the stunning colors that make other films in this genre such spectacles.  However, as I said, it wasn’t a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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