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