Tsui Hark's newest blockbuster, Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon, is arriving in theaters and DramaFever was given an early screening. The movie is a prequel to the hugely successful Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame and features a fresh new cast of young up-and-comers. The Taiwanese-Canadian actor, Mark Chao, plays a young Detective Dee on his first assignment. He runs into characters played by Angelababy and Kim Bum while trying to uncover a plot to overthrow the Tang Dynasty.

You can expect the typical Tsui Hark scale and insanity, both in the story and the CGI-tacular visuals. Check out the trailer:

To be honest, Young Detective Dee feels like a lesser version of its Andy Lau-led predecessor. Much of the flashy visual effects feel thrown together and out of place. The story lurches and stutter-steps for over two hours. Luckily, the action is amazing and the comedic tone really hits a stride by the third act. Some of the twists are head-scratching moments, but by the end of it all so many ridiculous things happen that it isn't surprising when you see a horse galloping underwater to save Dee from an enormous mutated manta ray that just had its eyes shot out by a man being catapulted through the air. It's actually pretty cool.