New Detective Dee film set to thrill mystery fans

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Taiwan actor Mark Chao plays Detective Dee in the upcoming Detective Dee The Four Heavenly Kings. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The latest film sees the return of Feng Shaofeng, Lin Gengxin and Carina Lau as a general, a genius doctor and empress Wu, respectively, as well as newcomer Ma Sichun.

"When I finished filming for the (second) Young Detective Dee movie, I was asked if I would like to act in the third sequel," Chao says. "I said 'yes'. But I had to wait a very long time and was once worried I might be replaced by someone else."

Speaking about the franchise, which weaves together history and mystery, Chao says the new story is about the darkness of humanity.

"The movie features a very complex case which involves a lot of people. Dee will face his most powerful enemies," says Chao, 33.

The upcoming film, based on one of the unsolved puzzles from the previous two films, will continue the timeline of the second film.

Hark says that the new film will have more twists, and that he frequently had to ask playwright Chang Chia-lu to rewrite the script.

In the film, Ma, who shared the Taipei Golden Horse's best actress award with Zhou Dongyu for Soul Mate in 2016, will play a character who wears a mask.

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