THE MOVIE: The captivating tale of Dee Renjie’s (Mark Chao) beginnings in the Imperial police force. His very first case, investigating reports of a sea monster terrorizing the town, reveals a sinister conspiracy of treachery and betrayal, leading to the highest reaches of the Imperial family. Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon stars Feng Shaofeng, Angelababy, Carina Lau, Kim Bum and Lin Gengxin.
Tsui Hark directs and produces Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon, a prequel to his successful film Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame. Huayi Brothers President Wang Zhongjun conceded that the Chinese box office is still dominated by Hollywood films due to their “appealing storylines” and expensive special effects.
However, Wang expects the H Plan to lead to a turnaround for Chinese film industry. Tai Chi O director Stephen Fung and Painted Skin 2 direct Wu Ershan will also have new projects for Huayi Brothers in 2013.
Updates: The fine folks at 24 Frames Per Second offer a detailed plot synopsis for the sequel, titled Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon. | Here’s a new poster, featuring Taiwanese/Canadian actor Mark Chao. And in case you missed it, check out the teaser trailer. | New poster and, at last, a trailer for the film.