Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Detective Dee and The Mystery of the Phantom Flame

Tsui Hark's Detective Dee film opens September 29, simultaneously in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China. Tsui Hark promises a special effects shot every 30 seconds.

Andy Lau

Li Bingbing

Tsui Hark
Deng Chao

Tony Leung Ka-Fai

Sammo Hung, action director, reportedly spent 16 hours to shoot one scene



Glenn, kenixfan said...

That sort of promise is exactly what undid Lucas with the prequels.

I'm not saying that this looks bad -- I do want to see it -- but I have a sneaking suspicion that Tsui Hark now believes all that stuff about being the Chinese Lucas and is now repeating the guy's same mistakes.

dleedlee said...

Tsui Hark needs a hit, it's been a long time.

Kingwho? said...

I'm really looking forward to this and praying for it to be good. It looks like Hark is relying a bit too much on CGI. And I despise CGI.

Hark's 2008 film , Missing, was almost a winner. The first hour was just awesome. The last hour was an embarrasing letdown. All About Women was so-so as well.

Glenn, kenixfan said...

Wow, that's the first positive thing I've heard about Missing, seriously. Everyone seemed to be just trashing it. I might have open my DVD now.

I liked Seven Swords a bit once I gave up hoping it was going to be what I wanted it to be and just enjoyed it for what it is. Or something.

dleedlee said...

I might have mentioned this elsewhere, but I still haven't unwrapped my copy of Seven Swords yet. :D

CGI should support the storytelling, not become the raison d'etre, imho. I still recall falling asleep watching one of the Star Wars prequels during one of the action scenes :D

Walter said...

I did enjoy "All About Women", but I agree; Tsui Hark hasn't made a good big blockbuster in quite some time. (I've not seen "Seven Swords" yet either!) :)