Tsui Hark is on a bit of a roll right now. In 2010 he directed the incredibly entertaining Detective Dee: The Mystery of the Phantom Flame and then in 2011 he made another action picture, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate. That film was a 3D wuxia remake of sorts of New Dragon Gate Inn, which was in turn a remake of Dragon Gate Inn. Flying Swords of Dragon Gate was a great modern martial arts film with inventive camerawork, a very engaging story and well drawn characters.
I’m therefore very optimistic about his latest feature, a prequel to Detective Dee entitled Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon, and have been eagerly anticipating every new snippet of footage released. Today we got the first full length trailer and it looks extraordinary.
Some of the CGI may look a little undercooked*, as it did in Detective Dee, but there’s a lot of imagination on display in that trailer and it looks very much like Hark is firing on all cylinders.
Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon will be released in China on the 28th of September. I’m not going to hold my breath for a 3D UK release but I will be hoping for one.
*I’m certainly relieved that I can easily tell that those horses are CGI though.