Bosco Wong Leads Portrays Detective Dee in “Young Sherlock”

Detective Dee is succeeding the Ip Man line to become the next big thing in Greater China. After a series of successful television and film adaptations on the elderly Tang Dynasty detective in the last seven years, the television and filmmakers are now taking a trip back in time to write about a much younger and boyish Di Renjie.

Unrelated to Tsui Hark’s (徐克) upcoming Hong Kong film, Detective Dee the Prequel <狄仁傑前傳>, which stars Taiwanese actor Mark Chao (趙又廷) as a young Di Renjie, the mainland Chinese television drama,Young Sherlock <少年神探狄仁杰>, will star Hong Kong actor, Bosco Wong (黃宗澤), as 26-year-old Renjie.

Bosco will get first billing in the detective drama, as formally announced by the Chinese press in December 2012. Also headlining the show will be Ruby Lin (林心如) as the intelligent Wu Zetian, Yuan Hong (袁弘) as Emperor Gaozong, and Ma Tianyu (马天宇) as Di Renjie’s competitive but kind sidekick, Wang Yuanfang.


Directed by Lin Feng (林峰) and co-produced Lin Feng Studios, Young Sherlock is a historical detective thriller drama that takes place during the early years of Emperor Gaozong’s reign over the prosperous Tang Dynasty. Twenty-year-old Renjie travels to the empire’s capital, Chang’an, to take the imperial Mingjing examinations. The examinations are supervised by the Empress Consort, Wu Zetian.

During the examination, an assassin disguised as a student attempts to kill the Empress, but the attack is stopped by Renjie. The Empress orders Renjie to track the killer, who Renjie later realizes to be a woman.

As one of mainland China’s most expensive productions of the year, Young Sherlock promises to bring audiences to their feet with the drama’s glamorous backdrop and action-packed cases. The 40-episode drama will be filled with mystery, suspense, and romance. The historical epic will also touch on intriguing political drama, including We Zetian’s rise to imperial power and the Xuanwu Gate Incident.

Also starring in the drama is Stephy Qi (戚薇) as Renjie’s medical friend, Li Wanqing. Hunan TV host, Cindy Sun Xiaoxiao (孙骁骁), will make her acting debut in the drama as Renjie’s childhood friend, Tong Mengyao.

There is currently no official announcement as to when Young Sherlock will premiere, but Hunan TV has already secured the exclusive premiere broadcast rights of the show. Hunan TV plans to debut the show on its Golden Eagle Broadcast Theater line up.

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  1. Now that’s a slap in the face. Detective Dee and Sherlock Homes are 2 very different characters, why give it Young Sherlock? Why not Young Dee?

    Bosco looks handsome but like a bored Dee.

    1. Detective Dee is touted as the Chinese Sherlock Holmes.

      Well, the Chinese novels came out a hundred years earlier than Arthur C. Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes….alas.

    2. Funn Lim,
      I agree with you. Why is it Young Sherlock Holmes? I think it’s a typical Chinese thing, “borrowing” things that don’t belong to them. I guess Sherlock Holmes is more well known than Detective Dee. This is stupid! I am glad I don’t watch any mainland China productions.

      1. We ought to complain to the producers and impress upon them about the stupidity of naming this ‘Young Sherlock.’ And for their information, the Judge Dee book series in English have a cult following in the west.

    3. The western people might look at the title and expect to see a Sherlock Holmes in the series. That title is misleading.

  2. Wrong information here. Official weibo stated that he’s 26 year old.

  3. I’m looking forward to Tsui Hark’s prequel, this, not so much.

    But I’m sure I’ll watch it anyway.

    The first Detective Dee movie is on youtube if anyone wants to catch it.

  4. rather watch tsui hark’s movie which has guaranteed great quality and production than this mainland drama directed by an unknown director with same name as chok lam.

    won’t be watching this. for me bbjx still the best chinese drama.

  5. urgh why bosco wong? his acting sux big time! still has that clown style in every drama. plus his scandals and breakup rumors are unappetizing and we dont want to keep hearing about him and myolie again and again at every press conference for his shows, ruin the whole drama.

  6. I thought this look suit Bosco quite well. Too bad I dont watch Mainland series…lol..

  7. I happened to watch the “Who am I?” segment in this China mainland tv variety show called Generation Show. In this episode he’s Judge Dee 狄仁杰.

    What really interested me was that I belatedly found out there were actually a popular series of Judge Dee mystery books in English written by a Dutch diplomat/writer /orientalist (Robert Hans van Gulik). What was even more surprising to me is that my local library system has them in its circulation catalog. And of course I just had to borrow them. Such old books in hardbacks to boot – all yellowed, smell funny too — printed in the 1960s.

    So definitely agree with Funn Lim – China has its own Detective Dee, why use Sherlock Holmes?

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