Empress Wu orders the Navy’s warships to sail to Baekje Kingdom. However, before the vessels can leave port, they are sunk by a giant creature that rises out of the sea. The citizens of Luoyang, the Eastern Capital, believe that the Sea Dragon is responsible and that a maiden must be sacrificed to appease it. The most beautiful woman in the city, Courtesan Yin, is to be imprisoned in Sea Dragon Temple and kept chaste for three years. The Empress, who has no time for superstition, commands the fiery-haired Yuchi Zhenjin, Chief Commissioner of the Supreme Court, to investigate the act of sabotage against her fleet and her rule. By chance, Dee Renjie arrives in Luoyang that very day to join the Supreme Court as a district magistrate, a high level government posting with the functions of detective, prosecutor, judge and executioner. Tsui Hark has done it again. The second adventure of our favorite imperial Sherlock, the prequel to Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (BIFFF 2011), is an astonishing whirlwind of mystery, intrigue, martial arts and fantasy. Starring Angelababy (Tai Chi Zero, Tai Chi Hero), Kun Chen (Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, Painted Skin) and Carina Lau (2046, Infernal Affairs).

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