Hong Kong cinema masterpiece now playing at the Angelika

September 2, 2011

We can’t think of a better way to spend the long weekend than watching a film described as “CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON meets SHERLOCK HOLMES”.  This labor day, head to the Angelika for DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME – directed by legendary HK director Tsui Hark and starring accomplished martial artist and actor Andy Lau, it’s sure to be amazing.


A bizarre murder mystery brings together the most powerful woman in China, the soon-to-be-Empress Wu Zetian (Carina Lau, CURIOSITY KILLS THE CAT), and exiled detective Dee Renjie (Andy Lau, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS) at the infamous Imperial Palace in international action thriller sensation DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME. Hoping that he will solve the crime before her coronation, Wu appoints Dee Chief Judge of the Empire and implores him to combine his indisputable wisdom with his unparalleled martial arts skills to save the future of her dynasty. Director Hark Tsui (SEVEN SWORDS) teams with legendary stunt director Sammo Huang (IP MAN, KUNG FU HUSTLE) in this heart-pounding, epic thriller inspired by the incredible true story of one of the Tang Dynastyâ??s most celebrated officials.Check out A. O. Scott’s excellent review of the film, and we’ll see you at the movies this weekend – no parkour in the cafe, please!