Creature from the Black Lagoon, given a full-bore Asian update -- with all the color and pyrotechnics and undersea/up-on-land, ancient maritime/ martial arts action you could require, plus a sweet love story, and a plot that goes the original maybe ten times better, while morphing into a lovely fairy tale for kids and teens -- and you just might have an idea of the great beauty and fun to be found in Tsui Hark's delightful sequel to his original (and also delightful) Detective Dee movie, YOUNG DETECTIVE DEE: RISE OF THE SEA DRAGON.
record as producer, director, writer, even actor and editor. As they say, he knows the ropes. As both spectacle and big-budget moviemaking, YDD: ROTSD delivers the good as well as just about anything else TrustMovies has seen in a long time. I have no idea of what this film cost to make, but I swear that every penny is up there on the screen -- in beauty and pleasure.
Andy Lau), super-smart of course, and still able to fight. Here, as a young man (Mark Chao, above), he's equally smart, fit and rather sexy in his own quiet manner. The story features not only the titular sea monster but that Black Lagoon-like creature, as well, and it's his tale of love for a prized courtesan that helps bring the movie to added life.
Carina Lau (below), and our hero find himself up against a combination foe/friend/soul-mate who is constantly getting in his way and then helping him, along with sundry other characters, good and evil. For pulchritude, there a lovely actress named Angelababy (above, but isn't she embarrassed to sport a moniker like that?)
Netfix streaming (where it looks simply ravishing in high definition -- even without the 3D) and elsewhere, too. If you're in the mood, moviewise, to be a kid again, don't miss it.