Didn’t catch director Tsui Hark’s latest award-winning wuxia epic in theaters? Geek with us below on the cinema of Asian martial artistry and you could score a copy of Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, plus the kick-ass fan poster above as a chaser.
Saigon-born Tsui has been part of that manic mix for decades. His 1983 cult classic Zu Warriors From the Magic Mountain merged Eastern myth with Western special effects a few months before Return of the Jedi. From his Groucho Marx-ist masterpiece Peking Opera Blues to post-colonial franchise Once Upon a Time in China, Tsui’s dazzling films have never failed in the ambition department.
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, out Dec. 13 on disc, digital and demand, is of a similar strain, with Andy Lau’s martial-arts detective Dee Renjie playing the role of the noble soul in search of the heart of darkness. Mash in 2046’s Carina Lau as China’s feminist empress Wu Zetian, and fight choreography and art direction from Hong Kong cinema lifer Sammo Hung, and you have another worthy entrant in wire-fu lore.
If you’re down with that lore, or just want to explore it, punch in to the comments section below and school us on Asian cinema’s best and brightest. Should Brigitte Lin step back onto the screen? Does the world know how much it needs more of Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh? When will Stephen Chow finally drop his sequel to Kung Fu Hustle? Three masters with the wisest lessons for us all walk away with a Blu-ray and a poster.
Entries must be received by 12:01 a.m. Pacific on Dec. 13, 2011. Winner must live in the United States.
Note: If you do not have an e-mail address or Twitter handle associated with your Disqus login, you must include contact information in your comment to be eligible. Any winner who does not respond to Wired’s notification within 72 hours will forfeit the prize.