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 byTsui Hark
The over reliance on cgi effects erode the effectiveness of this Tsui Hark film (like much of modern Hong Kong/China action cinema) despite a strong tale and interesting script. This second entry in the 'Dee' series is a prequel that finds the detective on his first case and again mixes the mystery genre with the supernatural well. Casting and production values are strong but practical effects would have been better.
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.