Here's the trailer for a new fantasy martial arts film, Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon. This is a prequel to the awesome 2010 film, Detective Dee: The Mystery of the Phantom Flame. The movie looks like it's going to be just as entertaining. The CGI may be a little off, but it still looks like a beautifully shot, imaginative film. As a fan of the first movie, I'm really excited about this prequel!
The young Dee Renjie arrives in the Imperial Capital, intent to become an officer of the law. Empress Wu, who is at the start of her reign, has sent the fiery-haired Detective Yuchi to investigate a sea monster that stalks the city at night. By chance, both Dee and Yuchi fight off the creature when it attacks a ceremonial procession carrying the beautiful courtesan Yin to be sacrificed at a temple to appease the Gods. Suspicious of the stranger, Yuchi has Dee imprisoned. Dee escapes with the help of visiting doctor Shatuo and together they discover that the upper reaches of society, including the Emperor himself, are addicted to a poisonous tea produced by Yuan's famous teahouse. Yuan, who was romantically attached to Yin, has been missing for months. Dee shadows the courtesan, who is under Yuchun's protection, until the sea monster reappears. Just as the two men are about to kill it, Yin reveals that the monster is her lover, Yuan. Yuan has been poisoned by a foreign Prince whose kingdom was overthrown by the Emperor. As the Prince's army readies itself on a nearby island to attack the capital, a real sea dragon rises from the deep.
Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon is set to be released in China on the September 28th. There's no word yet on whether it will get a U.S. release date. The first one did, so hopefully the sequel will as well.