With the Hong Kong release rapidly approaching, a stack of new images from Tsui Hark's prequel project Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon
have been released and things are looking good. Mark Chao takes over the title role from Andy Lau and hopes are running high that this one will be able to match the energy and style that made the first one of Tsui Hark's most entertaining films in ages.
The young Dee Renjie arrives in the Imperial Capital, intent to become
an officer of the law. Empress Wu, who is at the start of her reign, has
sent the fiery-haired Detective Yuchi to investigate a sea monster that
stalks the city at night. By chance, both Dee and Yuchi fight off the
creature when it attacks a ceremonial procession carrying the beautiful
courtesan Yin to be sacrificed at a temple to appease the Gods.
Suspicious of the stranger, Yuchi has Dee imprisoned. Dee escapes with
the help of visiting doctor Shatuo and together they discover that the
upper reaches of society, including the Emperor himself, are addicted to
a poisonous tea produced by Yuan's famous teahouse. Yuan, who was
romantically attached to Yin, has been missing for months. Dee shadows
the courtesan, who is under Yuchun's protection, until the sea monster
reappears. Just as the two men are about to kill it, Yin reveals that
the monster is her lover, Yuan. Yuan has been poisoned by a foreign
Prince whose kingdom was overthrown by the Emperor. As the Prince's army
readies itself on a nearby island to attack the capital, a real sea
dragon rises from the deep.
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