BEIJING and LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX), in partnership with China Film Co-Production Corp. and Huayi Brothers Media, today announced that Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon, internationally acclaimed director Tsui Hark's follow-up to his 2010 action thriller Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released into IMAX® theatres in China beginning Sept. 28.
In Hark's prequel to his 2010 period thriller, which was nominated for a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, award-winning newcomer Mark Chao plays the youthful Detective Dee – the title role originally made famous by Andy Lau – alongside beloved actress Angelababy. Wang Zhong Jun serves as executive producer.
"The IMAX Experience® brings more visual detail and amazing sound clarity to the story," said director Tsui Hark. "This will allow audiences to experience the greatness of the flourishing Tang Dynasty, prosperous city of Luoyang, the millions of navy vessels, and the ingenious giant monster in the most immersive way possible."
"We're extremely proud to once again partner with one of the most accomplished action directors of our time in Tsui Hark and release the next installment of his widely popular Detective Dee series," said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. "With its lavish backdrops and fast-paced action sequences, Detective Dee: Mystery of the Sea Dragon is an ideal fit for The IMAX Experience® and we look forward to continuing to grow our partnership with Huayi Brothers and China Film Co-Production on this important launch."
In last years of Emperor Tang Gaozong's reign, the Emperor and the Empress Wu Zetian (Carina Lau) decide to attack a hostile country despite oppositions from Tang officials. However, the fleet of Tang Dynasty encounters a terrible accident in the sea on their way to fight with the enemy. Rumors say the sea dragon caused the accident. When Young Detective Dee (Chao) arrives in Luo Yang (the capital of Tang Dynasty), he is involved in the kidnapping of Yin Rui Ji (Angelababy). Dee eventually saves Yin Rui Ji from the kidnappers and gets trusted by Yu Chi Zhen Jin (Feng Shao Feng), an officer in the penal system. Dee unites with Yu Chi and Sha Tuo Zhong (Lin Geng Xin) to inspect the mysterious "Sea Dragon" case. And Yuan Zhen (Bum Kim), lover of Yin Rui Ji becomes a key to solve the case. At the same time, a few strange things and conspiracies related to the sea dragon happen in Luo Yang. The capital is in danger and disturbance.
The IMAX release of Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.
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