When a movies makes a crap load of money, it doesn’t even matter if its good, a sequel must be had. The blockbuster 2010 Hong Kong movie Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame directed by famed wuxia director Tsui Hark and starring Andy Lau, Deng Cao and Carina Lau has yielded a prequel that is soon to grace the movie screens. When the cast was announced last year, Tsui Hark went to great lengths NOT to reveal who was playing the lead character of Detective Dee in his youth. The prequel cast consisted of Feng Shao Feng, Mark Chao, Lin Geng Xin, Kim Bum, and Angelababy. The cast did an adorable and fun photo spread before diving (har har) into production of the sequel that was rumored to involve some sea creature. I said then that my money was on Mark Chao playing young Detective Dee, and at least I preserved my money this time around. The prequel involves a 21 year old Detective Dee as he’s about to enter the bureau and gets embroiled in a freaky case of a sea monster causing havoc in the seas. The prequel is called Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon and Mark is indeed playing the main lead. Angelababy plays Lu Zhi and Kim Bum her erstwhile former flame, and both their characters are reportedly the key to solving this mystery. Apparently there is a scandal in China involving Angelababy and her long time boyfriend Huang Xiaoming‘s relationship hitting the skids, and the gossipmongers are pointing the finger at Angelababy falling head first for Kim Bum during the filming of this movie. LOL, excuse me while I laugh over here. Back to the movie, Detective Dee is joined by two other agents of the bureau played by Feng Shao Feng and Lin Geng Xin for this mystery, and Carina and Deng Cao reportedly also show up in the prequel. Tsui Hark revealed ten cool movie and character posters (with everyone coming out of the water) and a teaser trailer this week so check it out. The movie will be simultaneously released in 3D on September 28th.
Tease for Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon: