In seventh-century China, in the wake of a sea monster attack that has decimated the country’s navy, eager law enforcement hopeful Dee arrives at the Capital. He’s not there long before he learns there is a plot afoot to kidnap the beautiful courtesan Yin.
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Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea DragonDirected byHark Tsui
A less satisfying mystery than the first film, and less classical stylistically, but I prefer it because of how far Tsui pushes the aesthetic of his 3D/CGI. The first film adds layers and depth to recognizable wuxia framings; this one has increasingly poetic and creative uses, particular with superimpositions. It's garish, but a step closer to the best execution of this aesthetic in Taking of Tiger Mountain.