If you have enjoyed watching ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’, perhaps you should take a look at this production.
All the big streaming platforms are playing in the fantasy league. There’s Prime Video with the rings of powerNetflix with The Witcher and of course HBO Max with the house of the dragon. It is a genre capable of immersing its followers in a journey through other worlds so fascinating as to endure installment after installment. While there are universal titles such as those already mentioned there are others that, surprisingly, remain undiscovered by many.
Detective Dee is a franchise that has millions of viewers and is already on its fourth film: Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Ghost Flame (2011), Young Detective Dee and the Power of the Sea Dragon (2013), Detective Dee and The Legend of the Four Kings in Heaven (2018) and Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Rat Bane (2020). In total, more than 7.5 hours of entertainment for the most faithful of the genre.
The first two are available to view at Prime Video, a great opportunity to discover the project of the Chinese filmmaker Tsui Hark.
Tsui Hark is one of Hong Kong’s cult directors. After celebrating great success in his native country with superstars like Jet Li (once upon a time in china) and Jackie Chan (twin dragons), he even managed to make the leap to Hollywood in the 90s. However, after his experience with Jean Claude Van Damme in double team Y Knock Off –In the eye of the hurricane in Spanish-, returned to Hong Kong, with enormous success.
Most recently he held the director’s chair of the blockbuster The Battle at Changjin Lakewhich was the second most successful film in the world in 2021 with a collection of 904 million dollars. was only surpassed by Spider-Man: No Way Home, but the really interesting thing is that Hark’s film was only screened in China.
The director has a great reputation in his country of origin and the franchise of Detective Dee it is one of his most successful creations of the last decade. Not without effort. Hark was inspired by the story of officer Di Renjie, one of the most legendary investigators of the Tang dynasty who continues to serve as a model for many films and series to this day, and spent years dedicated to knowing its history.
It was matched with great success at the Chinese box office, but also with numerous awards. Detective Dee features spectacular choreography created by one of the greatest in his field: martial arts superstar Sammo Hung. The first installment centers on the future Empress of China (Carina Lau), who frees an imprisoned detective to solve the death of two courtiers who burst into flames when exposed to sunlight.
For some critics, a “quirky combination of history and pure fantasy”. If you are interested in delving into the fantasy of Tsui Hark, you will find Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Ghost Flame (2011), Young Detective Dee and the Power of the Sea Dragon (2013) on Prime Video.