Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings

Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings

Detective Dee must defend himself against the accusations of Empress Wu while investigating a crime spree in this Hark Tsui actioner - the third entry in the series.

Directed by

  • Hark Tsui('Once Upon a Time in China', 'The Taking of Tiger Mountain', 'Time and Tide')

Written by

Action, World Cinema

131mins

Rating: MA15+ Strong violence

Mandarin with English subtitles

China

The New Paper (Singapore)

press

Many decisions - including the title, which bears only a glancing relation to any part of the plot - seem half-baked at best.

The Straights Times (Singapore)

press

The-X-Files-meets-Hardy-Boys vibe of the earlier films has been watered down and in fact, The Four Heavenly Kings in the title does not refer to a central mystery but is almost incidental to the plot.

Village Voice

press

You will never have to wait long before ninjas strike, a gigantic eyeball demon attacks, or a monster's blood rains from the sky and transforms into flower petals in midair.

The Guardian

press

The energy is undeniable, especially when delivered via giant Taoist albino gorilla, and the creaky effects have an endearing artisanal quality that feels like a Zu Warriors throwback.