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Detective Chinatown.

A budding Chinese Sherlock Holmes meets his dumbass Watson in Bangkok and solves a locked-room murder in singer-actor-director Chen Sicheng's "Detective Chinatown," a carefully constructed mystery that blends screechy comedy and crazed action in high-spirited but somewhat ungainly fashion. This eclectic genre mash-up reps quite a novelty in mainland Chinese commercial cinema, and its instant success points to further opportunities for cerebral, plot-driven concepts to be injected into crowd-pleasing hits. The pic fetched about $71.4 million in a week against stiff New Year's holiday competition.

--Maggie Lee

DIRECTOR: Chen Sicheng

CAST: Wang Baoqiang, Liu Haoran, Tong Liya, Chen He, Xiao Yang, Zhang Zifeng

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Author:Lee, Maggie
Publication:Variety
Date:Jan 13, 2016
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