If you’ve read any of Robert Van Gulik’s Judge Dee mysteries, you’ll enjoy Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon (2013). Conspiracies swirl in Seventh Century China. Dee is just a minor official in the fledgling national police force, but he’s always in the Right Place at the Right Time. Dee uncovers a plot to destroy the Royal Court and result in a regime change. Treachery, spies, betrayal, and weird secrets are just part of the plot Dee investigates. As a first case in a long and illustrious career, this Sea Dragon adventure has a little bit of everything. I particularly enjoyed the fight on the side of a mountain. Eye-popping action! This is the second Detective Dee movie and it’s just as enjoyable as the first one: Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010). You can find my review of that movie here. GRADE: A

8 thoughts on “YOUNG DETECTIVE DEE [DVD]

  1. Jeff Meyerson

    We did watch the first one after your review – can’t remember if I got the DVD from the library or one of the channels was showing it – and though it wasn’t exactly the Judge Dee of the books, it was certainly action filled. Will look out for this one.


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