Di Renjie: Shen du long wang (2013) Script

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Huayi Brothers Media Corporation Huayi Brothers International Limited present Executive Producer Wang Zhongjun a Film Workshop Company Limited Huayi Brothers Media Corporation production

CHINA, 665AD The mighty Tang Dynasty...

The motherland whose security is my deepest concern Luoyang...

My soul, my dreams are rooted here

In the year when I turned thirty...

I left my hometown and traveled more than 1,000 li to Luoyang At that time, the court...

...was ruled by the emperor under the supervision of Empress Wu They were known as "The Two Saints"

Empress Wu completely controlled the emperor The nobles considered her power an affront They often admonished the emperor

Then“.

...when the Fuyu Kingdom challenged our border...

...as a precaution, Empress Wu...

...dispatched a huge naval force from the capital...

...to counter the enemy

Her first thought was to wrong-foot those against her in court Little did she know...

...that a weird crime...

...would have its origin here

Admiral!

Moving our troops by night...

...may disturb the spirits We had better...

...placate them with prayers Prayers when a great battle is looming?

No more of this effeminate superstition!

Yes, Sir!

Report!

On the sea...

...a half-Ii away...

...there are movements Alert the main warship!

Yes, Sir!

Alert the main warship!

Our patrol ship...

...has sent us a warning All ships on full alert!

Order all our sentinels...

...to scan the sea for movements Yes, Sir!

On guard and full alert!

All sentinels!

Watch for movements on the sea!

Report all sightings immediately!

It seems the enemy is out there...

And getting closer!


The ship is about to capsize!

Quick!

Quick, grab it!

Urgent!

Steer away from the ship to starboard!

Quick!

Quick, grab it!

On our right side...

...our Horse Ship is being attacked!

Call for reinforcements!

Yes, Sir!

Call for reinforcements!

Yes, Sir!


Rescue them from the water!

Guard against further attacks!

Yes, Sir!

Quick!


Order all ships afloat...

...to rescue the admiral!

Yes, Sir!

It's coming towards us!

A Tsui Hark film Young Detective Dee Rise of the Sea Dragon Starring Mark Chao Feng Shaofeng Lin Gengxin Starring Ian Kim Angelababy

and Carina Lau as Empress Wu Special Appearance Chen Kun Co- Producers Zhang Dajun James Tsim Associate Producers Bernard Yang Helen Li Addi Ng

Story by Chen Kuofu Tsui Hark Written by Zhang Jialu Tsui Hark

Produced by Nansun Shi Produced by Wang Zhonglei Produced by Chen Kuofu Produced and Directed by Tsui Hark

The attack on the navy...

...was blamed on a "Sea Dragon"...

...supposedly disturbed by the warships It crushed them to show its superiority

This rumor...

...made the city's anxious common people...

...panic even more They pay handsomely for prayer rituals

The commoners put their own lives first They don't care who else lives or dies To placate the "Sea Dragon"...

...they've chosen a young woman for the rites The streets are thronged with onlookers The roads are blocked

I, Dee...

...have just come to...

...this strange and turbulent city of the gods I must report for duty at the Da Lisi They're not only blocking my way...

...but also that of an official from the Da Lisi It looks as if he's on his way to investigate something

This young man in court robes of the Third Rank...

...will become my adversary Both foe and friend

Notify Lord Yang Her Majesty will visit the dock...

...to investigate what happened We must not make the slightest mistake Our heads are at risk!

You go to the Naval Department...

Commandeer five metal ships And 200 naval ratings Deploy them before dusk Search for clues on the spot!

Yes...

Sir!


Come over here!

As you can see...

This is Luoyang, city of the gods


The place has no security It'll be easy to kidnap the girl But don't harm a hair on her head!

When we re-sell her...

...we'll get the best price What does that fellow want?

Should we get rid of him?

Don't complicate things Move!

Reporting to Your Majesty The facts are these Commoners dedicate rites to the Sea Dragon...

...because the city's merchants call for them They wish to make quick money from selling joss sticks So they urge the people to perform rites Do you know whose idea it was...

...to organize this kind of rite?

Yes... the Ritual Department follows...

...the "turtle divination"...

...'[O choose a courtesan...

...to be disciplined in the Sea Dragon Temple for 3 years A courtesan?

This girl... has been chosen as the "Courtesan of Luoyang"

She's Yin Ruiji It's said that...

...Yin Ruiji has refused all clients after being chosen This has offended many officials and wealthy patrons She was chosen to be sent to the temple

...because those men wanted to teach her a lesson Absurd!

One courtesan causes so much commotion in the city!

You are the Chief Minister at the Da Lisi Why haven't you intervened?

Your Majesty The Da Lisi is charged with investigations and arrests Controlling such rites...

...is not one of my duties A poor excuse!

Then tell me...

...what you've discovered...

...about the sunken battleships These two ships were less damaged, they've been hauled back to dock The other ships couldn't be saved and are lost Don't tell me what I know already!

I am still investigating And what's your line of inquiry?

If there really is a Sea Dragon...

...our Tang Dynasty may as well give up the fight Yuchi Your Da Lisi is famous for quick results This case is extremely urgent We cannot allow villains to unleash such chaos Tell me...

...how many days do you need?

The country is in peril So I will set you a deadline Ten days If you can't solve the case in ten days...

...I'll have your head Yes, your Majesty

Using a 'flower girl' to stir things up...

These old court nobles...

...must be up to something

Sir I've come from Bing County, reporting for duty at Da Lisi Da Lisi (Justice Department)

Dee You were a bailiff in Bing County And you've been...

...in jail as well Yes, Sir

Official Yan recommends you and sent you here on your release from jail Since you've been in jail...

...you should know exactly how things are done

Cheng An reception officer Where's your courtesy payment?

Why look so blank?

You're reporting...

...as an official of the 7th rank Your courtesy money should be...

...5 taels of silver, at least

I'm talking to you

Don't complicate things Focus on kidnapping that girl Get moving!

Sea Dragon Temple

The place has no security It'll be easy to kidnap the girl

Dee!

Are you day-dreaming?

Send men to the Sea Dragon Temple, quickly!

They're kidnapping the courtesan What?

You're mad!

Come back!

Don't leave!

My badge!

Guards!

The new arrival is mad!

Guards!

Come quickly!

Urgent command!

Stand back!

Sea Dragon Temple

I am Ruiyun, a Taoist priest I am ordered to help Lady Ruiji to fast Thank you

I heard that you excel in the tea ceremony Before you fast...

...please take this famous Fragrant Rain tea Priest, you are kind Madam, please teach me


On Da Lisi duty!

Make Way!

On Da Lisi duty!

Make Way!

Make Way!

Stay away!

Quick!

That's the young man we just saw, isn't it?

Why does he have a Da Lisi badge?


What? You're not allowed in here On Da Lisi duty!

Stay back!

Stop!

Make Way!

You can't go in!

Boss!

Why haven't you left?

You've got the girl, let's go!


Quick!


A spirit of the Sea Dragon!

Sir!

Sir!

They all say it was a spirit of the Sea Dragon!

A spirit of the Sea Dragon!

A spirit of the Sea Dragon!

"Don't let this get out"

"Arrest all of them!"

The creature is loose outside It's pointless to arrest anyone here

So you can read lips What else do you know?

These kidnappers and the creature are not in league The kidnappers are mere criminals I saw them on the street during the parade I read their lips...

...and deduced they were kidnapping the courtesan Who are you?

What are you doing here?

My name is Dee Here on Minister Yan's recommendation Working for the Da Lisi I sensed something bad at Sea Dragon Temple So I rushed here to stop it How did you sense something would happen here?

Furthermore...

Why do you...

...wear a Da Lisi badge?

I snatched it from somebody there

So the horse isn't yours either I just borrowed it Arrest him...

...and treat him as a suspect too!

Prepare a severe punishment!

Yes, Sir!

Send Lady Yin back to Swallow House and have her seen by a doctor Now...

...start looking for that creature!

Swallow House

These men are Lady Yin Ruiji's patrons Yes, Sir!

Send them all away!

I am from the Da Lisi


Who are you?

What do you want?

Why are you here?

I am Yuchi...

...Chief Minister of the Da Lisi You were endangered at the temple today Luckily I got there just in time...

...to fight off the villains You inhaled poison gas...

...which has left you dizzy But your health will recover If convenient...

I would like to question you

Please forgive me, Sir!

My mind is still in a fog Can we do it another day?

Another day?

We will be outside to protect you I will return tomorrow

You have so much calligraphy and painting It seems that you are fond of poetry

Any findings in the Naval Department search?

Kuang hasn't reported yet

Sir Our sacred city has now seen two dragons One in the sea One at the temple

The attack on our warships...

...and the creature at the temple...

...are different matters We'll start with...

...what happened at the temple If the case isn't cracked within ten days...

...you'll have my place and rank I want Swallow House sealed!

Yes, Sir!

Prepare pen and ink I want to write poems Write poems?

Just for self-appeasement Yes, Sir!

Da Lisi

You're a demon!

Don't touch my wounds!

You bastard!

Idiot!

Don't...don't touch!

You animal!

Hands off!

Get your hands off!

Shatuo prison medical helper Shatuo

Fate plays strange tricks It brings us together here

Keep quiet!

Have we met?

You're a Uighur from the Huihe tribe You lost your family in the "Battle of Black Mountain"

You serve Imperial Doctor Wang Pu Tell me, do I know you or not?

Who are you?

I have no idea who you are You came to the capital less than half a year ago Studied in the Imperial Doctor's Department Unluckily, you were made a medical helper...

...responsible for criminals You admired the girl next door But when you saw her, you were too shy...

...to speak to her What do you want from me?

I matter a lot to you Your fate will change because of me I know all about your history...

And your future is in my hands I can help change your fate But you have to do one thing for me

He's sick I need to examine him

Tell me Do you have Cat's-paw herbs?

This is the letter recommending Dee

Recommendation letter...

Recommended by Public Court Minister Yan...

Even if the Emperor himself had written this...

...Dee won't get past me!

Sir...

What's going on?

What's this sudden problem?

Keep your distance!

This prisoner...

...has a contagious disease He must be isolated in the doctor's room If not...

...this whole prison will be infected

What kind of sickness is it?

Sir...

This is poisonous measles Untreated, it causes blindness and paralysis We can contain it by isolating him now If we fail to act...

...everyone in the Da Lisi...

...will be infected Quick!

Sir!

Aren't you staying to guard him?

No way!

Sit up No more acting How did you know?

Cat's-paw causes a rash on the skin You've studied medicine I've been allergic to cat's-paw since I was young It always gives me a rash It goes away soon enough How did you get the keys?

I stole them from the guard You know...

That powder of yours works very well It melts in the mouth

You're a crafty man Tell me...

We two have never met before How did you know so much about me?

And you weren't even polite to me!

But I kept on talking to you!

Well...

You see...

I saw your name-plate on the duty board Shatuo is a common Uighur surname in Huihe Not many from Huihe work as government doctors Seeing your age...

...I guessed that nine years ago...

...you were one of the "Black Mountain" orphans saved by the army But how did you know...

...that my master is Imperial Doctor Wang Pu?

Before I arrived...

...I read the records of the Da Lisi for recent years I found there...

...a note that this prison lacks doctors So they intended to ask Wang Pu...

...for eight medical helpers to be assigned here Your name wasn't on the list I read those records about half a year ago So I guessed that...

...you'd been in the Da Lisi for less than half a year You're saying that...

...you read the Da Lisi records...

...and memorized them all?

The first rule of investigations is...

...forget nothing!

But the official records won't show...

...that I was unlucky

Medical helper is the lowest rank It's unworthy of your curative skills Would you say you've been lucky?

As for admiring the girl next door...

You want to ask how I knew?

I just guessed What?

It wasn't a wild guess The second rule for investigations...

...is to observe closely You're the introspective type If there were a girl next door...

...you might well love her unrequitedly You're somewhat nervous Faced by a girl...

...you'd surely be hesitant I know this

It can't be...

Where do you actually come from?

Minister Yan of the Public Works Department is from my village He recommended me to work in the Da Lisi I reported for duty today You're here to work So why were you imprisoned?

That's a long story The Da Lisi is too bureaucratic Minister Yan recommended me for the post He thought I could bring some new energy to the place You have to help me...

...to get out and investigate the case

Where to?

There's an infectious disease in the prison The officials want us...

...to consult the Imperial Doctor Do you need to check my specimen box?

Inside it are specimens...

...of vomit from infected prisoners...

...and their hair as well Fine, fine...

On your way!

Open the gate


Madam I'll go to prepare the medicine


My jade hairpin...

What's your business?

I am government doctor Shatuo I am ordered to take up shift duty here Who is he?

My assistant Dumb Wu

Why are you wearing hats?

Take off your hats!

Go!


Stay back!

Stay back!

How could you know...

...that I hid Mr Yuan's love letters there?

What have you done to Mr Yuan?

Yuan Zhen

You're not Mr Yuan, are you?

You're...

...the Courtesan of Luoyang Admired by thousands of people While I, Yuan Zhen, don't even have an official post Yet you've chosen me as your "First Patron"

I've always loved literature I've read your poem, Mr Yuan The famous "Four Melancholy Verses"

I adore it

"Flute merged in the scented smoke"

"accompanies dances of youthful years"

"Lovers are to bring earth to heaven"

"Even trading life for advent of passion"

Dear Mr Yuan!

How could you have changed like this?

Who harmed you like this?

Was it because of me?

Did they harm you like this because of me?

Madam The medicine is ready Madam

They're guards from the Da Lisi Something must be going on here Someone's coming!

That must be Ruiji's room she took the medicine to

Mr Yuan...

What are you trying to tell me?


Light on Light off

On Off

On Off

(East Island language Dondo) Something's wrong!

(Dondo) Retreat!


Hide Lady Ruiji at once

What's taking so long?

Hide inside this trunk Don't come out unless we call you Quick!

Give it to me!


It's you again?

How is he?

He's been poisoned by bee-stings I have a panacea for him

I'll check upstairs


Why did you get out?

I was afraid you wouldn't come back So I let myself out You weren't afraid I wouldn't come back You're afraid that I have come back I don't know you Of course I'm afraid You're not telling the truth Nonsense!

When a person lies...

Their eyes...

...betray them

and even turn into...

...a lethal stare


Leave at once!

You're on the same side!

Stop it!

If you don't go...

...you can watch me die

DOD'!

It's dangerous for you outside It would be safest to come with me to the Da Lisi

Making him go puts him in danger He probably won't survive

What?

You're hurt!

It wasn't her That creature did it

What are you doing up here?

Where's Yuchi?

That official is very safe Don't worry I thought you could predict everything?

How come you still got hurt?

The third rule of investigations is...

...to keep your head down Not rush in like a fool!

(Dondo) Chief!

(Dondo) Chief!

(Dondo) Alongside Yuchi...

(Dondo) ...there's another strong fighter in the Da Lisi

(Dondo) We feared our identity would be uncovered...

(Dondo) So we had to retreat

(Dondo) No-one...

(Dondo) ...no matter how strong, will save Yuan Zhen!

(Dondo) Keep watching the woman

(Dondo) Yuan Zhen is sure to come back for her

(Dondo) Yes, Sir!

(Dondo) Clear away the corpse!

Your Excellency

Fine, fine, on your way!

Dee!

Don't you have a contagious disease?

Why have you come in here?

Shatuo!

Isn't Shatuo guarding him?

Sir, your blade...

What is it?

Your Excellency This...

Arrange a place for Madam Yin Ruiji to rest at once Also...

Register Dee for work immediately Come on Move!

Tranquility Teahouse Boss...Boss...

Minister Wang wants the young boss to discuss poetry Minister Wang Please accept our small gift of Bird's Tongue tea May you have vitality and a clear mind May your wishes be fulfilled Your young boss left here so suddenly When will he return?

In reply, Your Excellency...

Our young boss...

...has been away on travels for over half a year No news reaches us We don't know when he'll be back

Then I'll chat with him again when he returns His Excellency is leaving!

Your Excellency...

Goodbye, Sir!

Sir This man was imprisoned in Bing County Shouldn't we check up on him?

Find out what he's after in the Da Lisi Assign men to watch him closely If he does anything unusual, report it to me!


I forced Mr Yuan to flee Was that really wrong of me?

I beg you, Sir, to save his life

Mr Yuan...

...is your friend Can you tell me...

...who is he?

His name is Yuan Zhen Everyone in Luoyang knows the Tranquility Teahouse, where he's the young boss Renowned in Luoyang...

The Tranquility Teahouse Yes, Your Excellency Tranquility Teahouse They make special tea for nobles and officials So, a famous teahouse...

What happened to its young boss...

...to change him like that?

This all began half a year ago

At that time...

...I joined the New Year Hundred Flowers pageant I was named "Courtesan of Luoyang"

I became famous overnight


Once I had that title...

...the elite of the city all wanted to meet me Each wanted to be my first patron But their eminence didn't move me Nor did their wealth I was working in a flower house I knew what to expect from life there Only the young boss of Tranquility Teahouse, Yuan Zhen...

...touched me with his love poems

I got around all the flower-house rules I paid them no heed And I met him in secret

Young boss...

Madam Yin of Swallow House is here Later...

I gave him my jade peacock hairpin...

...as a token of my love We wanted to read each other's minds We were very close After that...

I wrote love poems and sent them to Mr Yuan He responded very promptly But he stopped visiting me In a poem, he mentioned contracting an illness That made me worried

And then...

I was chosen to fast for the Sea Dragon I told him about it in a poem...

...but he never replied Only yesterday...

...when he came to see me with my hairpin...

...did I realize...

...did I realize that he'd become...

This hairpin looks so precious...

Its color is faded?

Not really...

I think...

In Mr Yuan's care...

...it must have been tainted by something Please lend me the hairpin for a while

They...

They arrested someone...

...and they are questioning him I think...

You should go and see for yourself Master Dee...

Mr Yuan left this yesterday I can't understand it

Very good

Oh yes... lam Dee...

...a pleasure to meet you, Madam Ruiji

Talk!

Will you talk?

Will you talk?

I'll make you talk!

What are you doing here? Let's continue...

Talk now!

The villains lost their masks at the Swallow House These craftsmen make masks in Luoyang I am questioning him Those without duties here...

Leave!

Beat him!

Your eyes see nothing!

This mask is made from tree extracts The raw materials come from Aizhou The craftsmanship is typical of Eastern lands It wasn't made by locals here Furthermore... the masked villains spoke the Dondo language

(Dondo) Something's wrong

(Dondo) Retreat!

Dondolanguage?

They were definitely Dondoers What kind of place is Dondo?

Dondo...

It lies in the ocean between Great Tang and Japan The Islanders have been coming here for years They live mainly by fishing They're very good in the water No wonder...

...they can stay underwater for so long

I found this at the crime scene

What kind of clue is this?

What?

"Bird's Tongue"

It's Bird's Tongue tea Brilliant, Sir!

Bird's Tongue tea...

...is a secret recipe at Tranquility Teahouse They give the tea to the Imperial court as a tribute This tea...

Common people never have a chance to taste it But how does Bird's Tongue tea relate to the case?

Judging by the writing...

...the man who wrote this was in a hurry Where did you get this?

From the one who tried to kidnap Madam Ruiji The Sea Dragon seen at the temple!

Why was it in Swallow House last night?

That's not all I've concluded that the masked Dondoers...

...and the villains at the temple are two separate groups They raided Swallow House But they weren't trying to kidnap Ruiji They were there for the creature The monster wrote this...

...to leave a clue To help you solve the mystery, Sir If you can catch him The case will soon be cracked Doubtful!

To Tranquility Teahouse Prepare the horses Yes, Sir

Stay back!

On Da Lisi duty!

Quick!

Quick!


Sir...

There's not a single person in the teahouse So quickly!

They left in a hurry They made a quick getaway Someone must have alerted them Who could that have been?

Shatuo...

If I don't come back with the other court officials...

...get Lady Ruiji out of the Da Lisi at once

Follow me

So...

Dee...

What have you found out?

I've brought Madam Yin Ruiji...

...to see you too Master Dee, why did you want me here?

There's a hidden traitor in the Da Lisi What?

Everyone in Tranquility Teahouse...

...had left before we got there So the Da Lisi is not a safe refuge for Lady Ruiji What about the task I set you?

What substance stained the jade hairpin?

It's a dye made with pine oil It's called "Shaxi"

Very few dyeing houses use it ls there one near Swallow House?

It seems there's one in the south of the city It's called "The Monk's Bowl"

The dye on the jade hairpin...

...can only be from Mr Yuan He accidentally tainted it with the dye while in hiding So he might be hiding there Madam Yin...

Only you can make him show himself I count on you

Mr Yuan

Mr Yuan

Mr Yuan

Great detective...

Looks like we've got the wrong place


Mr Yuan

Dragon! The Sea Dragon!


Shatuo

Hit the "Tianchi" and "Yunmen" points on his body

"Tianchi", "Yunmen"

"Tianchi"! "Yunmen"!

Yes!

Mr Yuan, he...

What happened to him?

Mr Yuan's appearance has changed radically His human character has changed too I doubt it's a sickness My guess is that he was deliberately exposed to parasites What kind of parasite?

My teacher taught me how to cure parasite infestations But this case...

...is like nothing I've seen What are parasites?

Parasites...

...are very tiny insects Almost invisible to the eye If they penetrate your body...

...they'll take control of it Different types of parasite...

...cause different changes in a human body Can he be cured?

To cure this infestation I need to consult my master Imperial Doctor Wang Pu

Watch out!

Mr Yuan, don't you...

I've waited so long to be with you

Your Ruiji will be with you forever No matter how you look...

...you're always my Mr Yuan

But you mustn't harm innocent people

Please They are here to help me


(Dondo) Look!


(Dondo) The "Sea God" should rest now

(Dondo) Let it return to the island to resume its training

(Dondo) It must be taught to obey all our commands!

(Dondo) Yes!

(Dondo) Our tribe's master plan will soon be brought to fruition!

(Dondo) The mainland will be ours, we will rule for a thousand years!

This is my teacher's home

Senior apprentice!

Senior apprentice...

Master's testing poisons on you again

Save me!

Don't cry, it'll be fine I'll prepare some medicine for you Master is much worse recently All of us have met disasters!

It'll be fine


First apprentice!

Master...

...I'm back

Since the ape which gave me an arm has fled...

...I let you go to the Da Lisi so that you could find me a good arm!

It's been half a year already So where's my arm?

Didn't you promise?

I can't transplant without an arm!

Lately...

...nobody's been sentenced to death So there have been no suitable arms!

Master...

I have something...

...which needs your urgent help Shut up!

Our master-disciple relationship is over!

This is a good arm, let me have it!

Imperial Doctor We're not here to provide an arm We're seeking medical help Master

Who's this?

Master...

Who's this?

Let me see Mr Yuan, stop it!

Mr Yuan

Mr Yuan

Mr Yuan...

...stop it

No...

No...

They're here to help cure you


What is he?

Come on!

Get the blades ready!

Put him on the table!

Chop open his head for me!

Come on!

Sir, why do you think...

...Dee is here?

Shatuo led the way They're in Luoyang, where else would they go?

Sir, should we wait for the others...

...before we go in to arrest them?

Wait?

And risk another information leak?


Who are you?

L?

Who are you?

Making such a mess in my clinic!

Your clinic?

You're Imperial Doctor Wang Pu?

I am head of the Da Lisi Has Dee been here?

Dee who?

Never heard of him


Kuang, watch out!


Something's going on in Wang Pu's clinic Inside!

Quick!

Honey

Stay back!

Kuang, stay back!

Sir...

These Dondoers...

What are they doing here?

I've been wondering...

...if these Dondoers are looking for him too

Why would they look for Dee?

This Dee...

...seems always one step ahead Maybe he's hiding now and wants to frame me If I miss the deadline...

...for solving the case...

...You'll be executed Post notices everywhere...

...to arrest him as a Dondo spy He should turn himself in Yes, Sir!

Why have we come here?

Who are we hiding from?

This is where the Fire-worshipers slaughter animals There are so many foreigners in Luoyang Even if the traitor could track us here...

...it would take him too long The traitor...

Master Dee...

Does the Imperial Doctor really need to cut open Mr Yuan?

It was just his educated way of speaking Miss, don't take it literally Master!

Are you really going to cut open his head?

Certainly!

This incision...

...makes me the first man to operate on a brain Even the famous Huatuo didn't do this!

Yin Ruiji...

I want to ask you a question Your family did not originate in the Middle Kingdom Could you tell me...

...where are the Yins from originally?

The Fuyu Kingdom

Your answer confirms my fears Our Great Tang is now at war with Fuyu The situation is critical You're from Fuyu...

...and you're caught up in this case The imperial court won't hesitate to sacrifice you To be safe...

As soon as Mr Yuan is cured...

...you two had better leave the capital

Master Dee...

You know everything Can you tell me...

What exactly happened to Mr Yuan?

The root of this was the "Bird's Tongue" tea Dee


I have curbed the effect of the parasites Any questions?

Cook some food...

...and buy some wine!

Go at once!

This has taken so long, I'm dying of hunger!

Mr Yuan...

Why are the Dondoers after you?

Half a year ago...

I received some visitors They said they were tea merchants from the Eastern lands They offered me a fortune for the secret recipe of "Bird's Tongue" tea

But this tea...

...is exclusive to the imperial court For a century, the recipe...

...has been a Yuan family secret So I refused their request...

And they left unhappy A few days later...

Scales began to appear on my skin No medicine helped And then...

I received a letter from a man named Huo Yi...

He said I'd been infested by parasites Apparently...

...during our tea tasting...

...Huo Yi put parasites in my cup

I was so scared I dared not tell anyone I had to leave the teahouse Little did I guess...

...that he wouldn't provide a cure Instead he trapped me on an island...

...and forced me to make Bird's Tongue tea for him every day

"Bird's Tongue" tea...

Since "Bird's Tongue" tea is exclusive to the imperial court...

...solely for the pleasure of the high-born...

...Huo Yi wanted to put parasites in the tea, didn't he?

Eunuch Lao from the Palace came to me for treatment He gave me a half-catty!

Fetch it!

Let's take a close look at it!

Imperial Tribute tea

There are parasites in the tea!

I'll check what kind they are

It's a type of dung beetle!

The rarest and weirdest of parasites!

When the tea enters the body...

...the first effect is to boost strength The person will feel very energetic But when infestation sets in...

...death is certain Good parasites!

Good parasites!

This is an Imperial Tribute If all the nobles are taking this tea...

...the imperial court is doomed!

Even worse...

...the Emperor!

The Empress's deadline...

...was already three days ago But the case...

...remains unsolved

Bird's Tongue

"The situation is grave"

"A national disaster looms"

"To keep this secret..."

"...please meet me at the back door"

"Dee"

Dee!

I'll see just how clever you are!

Solve it? I have the clues to solve the case We face the death penalty!

What's there to solve?

I can convince Her Majesty Let me go to the Palace to see Her Majesty I'm sure I can get the deadline extended How could you convince her?

Reporting to Your Majesty...

The head of the Da Lisi...

...Yuchi...

...he wants to see you urgently Ridiculous!

Where did this man come from?

He is...

...from the Da Lisi A new recruit The imperial court of Luoyang...

...numbers more than 1,200 people Almost everyone drinks "Bird's Tongue"

If...

...everyone is infested by parasites...

...then the plotters aim...

...to murder the Imperial family and end our Great Tang Dynasty Your humble servant guesses...

...that is indeed their intention Your humble servant...

...also considers this guess to be absurd...

...and incredible This is just talk!

Even if your words are true...

...the person of the Emperor...

...is not available to the likes of you!

He must be treated by the Imperial Doctor Your Majesty...

Our nation faces disaster If you hold to such formalities...

...nothing can save us What?

Your humble servant has medicine to curb the parasites Please summon any official who drinks "Bird's Tongue" tea A test will be the proof

Chief of Administration...

Why am I summoned to the Palace in such haste?

Has someone been examining my records?

Father...

Mother...

Your son will finally fulfill your expectations!

I will live up my name Yuanda: "Far and Wide"!

Rise...

Thank you, Your Majesty We summon you in the still of the starry night...

...to ask whether or not...

...you often drink "Bird's Tongue" tea I do!

It strengthens the qi and the body I drink a pot every morning and evening Noble Sir...

Please have this medicinal soup for your health Medicinal soup for my health?

What is it for?

Minister Ding...

Is it at every midnight...

...that your stomach is upset?

So that you need to take this tea...

...to regain your strength?

In response to Your Majesty...

That is so But if I take more of the tea...

...I always feel very much stronger Then please take this soup at once It's a test for the Emperor's medicine Your humble servant understands

This taste...

Why is it so fishy?

Noble Sir...

This is the secret family prescription of the Imperial Doctor One bowl will extend your life for a year I'm grateful for Her Majesty's generosity!

Does this soup really prolong life?

It was obtained from the Administration office

"Virgin Male Urine"

Eunuch's urine!

Absurd!

You give my officials urine?

It's been tested by Imperial Doctor Wang Pu The dung beetle parasites produce 'hot' poisons The antidote is a 'cool' medicinal soup The effect...

...will be felt within two hours Very well...

Guards!

Detain him...

After two hours...

...if there's no effect on Minister Ding...

...Dee will be executed forthwith!

We obey!

As for you...

You'd better watch Minister Ding If Dee was lying...

...he will be punished And you will be imprisoned!

Wang Pu...

I devoutly wish that your remedy is effective!

Minister Ding...

Do you feel any change?

Have a bowl of urine yourself Then you'll know what changes to expect!

Your Majesty...

The time is up Minister Ding reports no change

Decapitate him!

We obey!

Withdraw the blade!

Withdraw the blade!

I have Imperial Doctor Wang Pu's authority...

...to beg Her Majesty for clemency!

Please spare the life of Dee!

Stop the execution!

Intruder on the execution ground!

Immediate death penalty!

I am the Imperial Doctor's apprentice Shatuo I have my master's authority to plead for clemency Please wait for another hour or two The medicine will surely take effect Your Majesty, please spare his life Ruiji, you should not be here Dee dares to take this risk...

...because he wants to save the Emperor!

It's the Courtesan of Luoyang It's the Courtesan of Luoyang Yin Ruiji Dee has found...

...the cure for the Emperor Just wait an hour or two!

Execute him now!

If anyone delays further...

...they will die too!

Execute him now!

Withdraw the blade!

Don't execute him!

No! - Don't do it!

"Raindrop drums"

Your Majesty...

Your Majesty, Yuchi is calling "Raindrop drums"!

There's been a change in the Palace Your Majesty...

Your Majesty...

Stay the execution!

Stay the execution at once!

Ruiji...

You shouldn't come to the Palace You can't stay here a minute longer!

Leave at once!

Shatuo, follow me inside!

Step back!

Step back!

Her Majesty is here!

Your Majesty Your Majesty, take care!

Quick!

Make Way!

Your Majesty...

Dee is here


Now the parasites have shown themselves...

...the first priority is to treat the Emperor

The "Golden Soup"

Prepare His Majesty's mouth!

Please order the Interior Ministry...

...to provide more of the antidote Supply it to the Imperial family and the court In this way...

...the villains' evil plan...

...will be foiled Drink!

Drink!

Drink more!

Drink it all!

His Majesty generously provides...

...all of us officials...

...with this Imperial tonic Drink it!

Your Majesty, thank you!


(Dondo) Something's wrong!


Dee...

Your insights are matchless No one else can compare You dared to risk your own life...

...to save our country from this peril No wonder Minister Yan so highly recommended you

"Brightest Pearl of a River"

"Priceless Treasure of the East"

Your Majesty...

The villains behind this are still at large The danger is still present Sire, please extend the deadline for concluding the case

Your Majesty...

What Dee says is true Your Majesty, please show indulgence We will do our utmost...

...to arrest the villains and mete out justice

Dee, these are my orders I hereby appoint you as our Imperial Commissioner With absolute power over all other ranks Take charge of the Sea Dragon incident

Your Majesty...

Dee has been in the capital for only ten days He's not familiar with the place I'm afraid that...

...he is incapable of discharging this mission Yuchi, this is my order You command the Da Lisi...

...and our elite militia You are to follow the orders of Dee Work with him to solve the mystery I...

I obey!

Master Yuchi My congratulations, Master Yuchi!

Mr Dee...

You're such a hypocrite...

...to congratulate me Of course I should You're about to achieve a great success The traitor who's been hiding within the Da Lisi...

...will soon reveal his identity

All men of the Da Lisi, these are my orders!

Prepare your horses!

Be ready to move!

The cavalry guards will divide into eight teams Join the special forces Search for Dondoers in South City...

...and arrest them for questioning!

Yes, Sir!

Sir...

Since Master Yuchi signed the order to move the troops...

...no one has seen him I know Make sure everyone is ready Yes, Sir!

Sir!

I've brought the joss stick you wanted Now, just wait and watch

What's this all about?

Choosing the moment to move out It's not the "right" moment yet We'll move out when the joss stick ends You believe in that stuff?

The Da Lisi has sealed the city to seek out Dondoers The traitor needs to sneak out to warn them The joss stick...

...gives him just enough time...

...to try to do so Backdoor of Da Lisi


So you're the traitor You guard the door every day So you know all our movements and activities But you've fallen into the trap I set for you

"Luring a Snake from its Hole"

I finally...

...lured you out!

I've been in the imperial court for many years But I have no prospects here I come from a poor family The Dondoers promised to make me a Duke So I agreed to be their spy in the Da Lisi It's my only chance of becoming a nobleman


Yuchi's horse went to the west He must be going to the river pier

Go quickly to the Da Lisi Tell them to move to the pier!

Yes, Sir!

(Dondo) Quick, back off!

(Dondo) The Da Lisi is coming!

(Dondo) Quick, back off!


So the supremely skilled Dee...

...is afraid of water!

I'm not afraid of water I just can't swim

That's the Sea Dragon which destroyed our warships What kind of monster is it?

Sir

Sir Are you all right?

Throw in fish to lure the monster back Lure the monster back Yes, Sir!


The monster has gone

It seems to have gone with the Dondoers

Judging by the direction they took...

...they must be hiding on an island But looking at where our ships were attacked...

...it could be any one of five small islands Which one is their hiding place?

There's one more clue

Mr Yuan You said that Huo Yi trapped you on an island Where was it?

I'm not sure They're raising a giant sea monster there One day...

One of the guards was neglecting his duties So I opened the sluice gate...

...and released the monster In the chaos, I got away How long...

...did you swim for?

The current flows east I followed it and swam as long as it takes a joss stick to burn When I saw a light ahead...

...I swam towards it That's the direction of the Fuyu Kingdom The light was from their battleships

It makes sense!

The 'Sea Dragon' which sank our ships...

...is the monster that Huo Yi raised Yuan Zhen set it free...

...and it happened to run into our navy The duration of a joss stick...

Current flowing east...

On this evidence...

...Huo Yi must be hiding on Bat Island

The island is home to...

...thousands of bats There are Whirlpools offshore...

...which wreck unwary ships A tiny population It's a natural fortress Just the hiding place for the Dondoers They have this monster If we head for Bat Island...

...how can we deal with the monster?

Sir...

Please order the navy to stand by And buy up every fish in the markets Dead or alive Small fish to catch the big fish?

How will you catch it?

"Peacock Gallbladder"

"Strychnine Pellets"

Plus "Peacock Gallbladder"

Maybe a little "Monks-hood Root" too?

Why do you think it's your turn to speak?

What are they talking about?

Poisons Let's not waste time I'll start preparing them now

Why are you standing there?

Get to work!

You're not as clever as him, so work harder!

Four hours from now...

...we'll meet at the shipyard

Master Dee...

Ruiji...

Is she alright?

Isn't she here?

She went to find you at the execution ground...

...and didn't come back Damn!

I should have guessed

Ruiji is descended from our enemies The law says she must be arrested As a bailiff... you must value the law above your own life You won't beg for leniency, will you?

Your Majesty, you're right I will not beg you to be lenient I am here to place a bet A bet?

Where do you think you are?

The Emperor suffered from the parasites...

...and so did many members of the Imperial court Great Tang was nearly toppled The conspiracy was led by Huo Yi We must arrest him Or there will be more chaos I swear that...

...I need just one day...

...to arrest Huo Yi I will bet my life on it...

...against Lady Ruiji's life One day...

Aren't you a touch over-confident?

If your humble servant fails..., ...you will receive his head But if the matter can be resolved in time...

I beg Your Majesty...

...to release Lady Ruiji Your request is accepted But do not forget...

In case of failure...

...you will forfeit your life And the courtesan's head...

...will also hang atop the city's walls


Now...

...don't be scared Remember my "Hold Your Breath" technique

Dee...

This is the famous "Kun Steed" from Aizhou Not fast on land...

...but matchless in water It can help you to fight Needless to say...

...from now on...

...you and I are even

Set sail!

To Bat Island!

Let's see what's on Huo Yi's mind!

Yes, Sir!

Our distance from Bat Island...

...is now twenty Ii

All ships...

Stop moving!

All ships...

Stop moving!

Sirs...

No movement in the water

It's so calm Weird, though...

They must be on Bat Island So they can see our approach We can't risk disembarking now I think we should retreat first Really?

Retreat!

You're right!

Order...

All ships to...

...turn and withdraw All ships...

Turn and withdraw!

What's going on?

Feint the east and attack the west You don't know that strategy?

Dee bet his own life for yours What is your relationship with Dee?

Circumstances made us friends

Circumstances...

A young woman who looks like you do...

...can never be just a 'friend' with a man You should know this very well Since the two countries are at war...

...the law says...

...you should be arrested and interrogated If you remain alive...

...you'll harm Great Tang Detain her I'm waiting for Dee to fail When that happens...

...I'll see if your severed head...

...still draws thousands of admirers!


(Dondo) Da Lisi has found our hiding place

(Dondo) We have to retreat before dawn

(Dondo) Burn them quickly!

(Dondo) Burn all the herbs and flowers!

(Dondo) Don't delay!

(Dondo) Yes, Sir!

(Dondo) Da Lisi...

(Dondo) Their ships have pulled back

(Dondo) It seems...

(Dondo) ...the "Sea God" must have scared them off

(Dondo) But we can't find the "Sea God" either

(Dondo) What shall we do?

(Dondo) Once we've retreated...

(Dondo) ...send reinforcements...

(Dondo) ...to search for the "Sea God"

Don't waste your efforts!

The Da Lisi has Bat Island surrounded We kept our distance in daylight...

...to make your defenses less alert You're so experienced...

...but we've outwitted you Shatuo!

Snake herbs Wolf flowers The plants all secrete rare poisons

(Dondo) The one with a mustache...

(Dondo) ...is Dee

So you're the universally loathed...

Dee!

Yuchi...

When I last faced you...

...I saw your shortcomings It seems...

...Dee will soon have your post

You blatant thief!

What makes you so hate our Great Tang?

What's behind your dirty tricks?

Dee has godlike foresight You don't need to ask me Sir...

The Fuyu Kingdom has long fought sea battles with Great Tang Dondo...

...sits between the two countries The islanders are fisher-folk The sea battles have affected them They've been driven into exile Huo Yi...

Your country is vulnerable...

You've been forced out of your home You came here for revenge Dee If only we weren't enemies!

With your help...

...the world would be ours!

But...

Revenge was not my only motive This Middle Kingdom...

You people are getting lazy If we pander to your desires...

...at the right time...

...we can take over your empire!

I want to rule an empire!


Dee!

You're under poison flowers!


Sir! Sir!

We can't let Huo Yi escape There must a hiding place down there I'll go down to look!


Let go!

Let go!


What did you see?

This is a nursery for parasites!

They're using human bodies...

...to breed them

So the parasites in the Imperial Tribute tea...

...were bred in human bodies!

This is the true face of Huo Yi's master plan

Sir!

Dee...

There's something I've wanted to ask you:

When you were a bailiff in Bing County...

...why were you sent to prison?

I reported corruption in Bing County My superior framed me and had me locked up

I saw many crimes inside the prison I understood that truth must be fought for And that justice must be demanded

So why did you come to the Da Lisi?

The Da Lisi maintains the Tang Dynasty's laws...

That is the core of a just society If I'm set on defeating crime... and attacking privilege...

This is the best place to do it So, I'll take that as praise

Well said!

Dee...

Our mission is complete And Lady Ruiji has been saved Why do you still look...

...so worried?

There's something in the water!


Where are you going?

Can't you see how strangely the sail moves?

The sail...


That monster...

...is right under our ship Archers of Ship Two!

Be ready!

Yes, Sir!

Load the Crossbows!

Look-outs, use the signal flags!

Ship Three!

Follow the signals!

Stand by with the poisoned fish!

Yes, Sir!

The monster is here!

Be ready!

The toxic bait won't work immediately This is a timer To the monster, the ship's crew...

...is more interesting than the fish We must release the toxic fish at the right moment...

...or all our efforts will come to nothing

Prepare the toxic fish It's quite a distance!

Try to aim them accurately All of you...

Watch the signals...

...and don't act rashly Yes, Sir!


The monster is starboard!

Sir We didn't see any signals!

We can't aim the toxic fish!


Over here!

Aim at the red flag!

Release them!

Sir!

Look!

Release them!


The poison will take effect in a while The top priority is to evade the monster


Sir!

Look!


Kuang, Qian Zhang!

See who needs to be rescued!

Yes, Sir!

Dee...

What did you discover this time?

That I absolutely must learn how to swim!

To work in my Da Lisi...

...one must not be afraid of water

Mandated by heaven...

...His Majesty decrees that...

...the Dondoers are in revolt Our brave and dutiful officials...

...will quell the rebellion Yin Ruiji's death sentence is waived But Great Tang and the Fuyu Kingdom...

...remain at war So she must be denied...

...contact with the outside world...

...and be confined to Swallow House So be it!


Report to the "Two Saints"

Your divine mandate...

...swept away all the demons The Da Lisi has dealt with the villains Huo Yi and his Dondoers...

...have been brought to justice The "Sea Dragon" case...

...is now concluded Officer Dee

This is the "Dragon Taming Mace"...

It is cast from meteorite metals Harder than any other metal or stone I hereby bestow this mace...

...charging you with the elimination of all evils May you be the conscience of our nation And the upholder of law for the world Even I myself...

...and my Imperial family...

If we fail our people in any way...

...this mace will admonish us

Her Majesty is still watching you If you stay in Luoyang...

...your life will be in danger In the boxes you'll find money for traveling You and Mr Yuan must leave Luoyang at once


Officer Dee...

Your Majesty, thank you for your kindness

This is the story of the "Sea Dragon" case This strange case...

...tied my own fate and that of Luoyang...

...closely together Some years later...

...the fate of the Tang Dynasty changed for the worse A complete reversal But...

Those were all matters still to come


My valued officers did well to solve this case This feast is to thank you all

This is a tribute from years ago

"Bird's Tongue" tea with no parasites

Surely you officers trust me?

Of course, Your Majesty

Bring the medicine


Aiya!

Almost forgot...

To get rid of insect parasites...

...we don't have to use "Virgin Male urine"

There's an older remedy Drink more water Drinking three measures a day...

...will cure it How much is one measure of water?

This is a pot of water Drinking three a day will cure infestations


Aiya! On second thoughts...

Drinking water is too slow Boys' urine will work better