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Nicholas Meyer (teleplay)
Robert van Gulik (novel)
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Release Date:
29 December 1974 (USA) See more »
China, 7th century. On their way to a provincial centre Judge Dee and his three wives spend the night at a taoist monastery... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Khigh Dhiegh ... Dee Jen-djieh (Judge Dee)

Mako ... Tao Gan

Soon-Tek Oh ... Kang I-Te

Miiko Taka ... Jade Mirror

Irene Tsu ... Celestial Image

Keye Luke ... Lord Sun Ming
Susie Elene ... Miss Ting

James Hong ... Prior
Beverly Kushida ... Bright Flower
Ching Hocson ... White Rose
Yuki Shimoda ... Pure Faith
Robert Sadang ... Tsung Lee
Frances Fong ... Mrs. Pao
Tommy Lee ... True Wisdom

Richard Lee-Sung ... First Driver

Tadashi Yamashita ... Motai

Directed by
Jeremy Kagan  (as Jeremy Paul Kagan)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nicholas Meyer  teleplay
Robert van Gulik  novel "The Haunted Monastery"

Produced by
Gerald I. Isenberg .... producer
Original Music by
Leonard Rosenman 
Cinematography by
Gene Polito 
Film Editing by
John Farrell 
Patrick Kennedy 
Production Design by
Jan Scott 
Production Management
Robert J. Koster .... production manager
David McCann .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert J. Koster .... first assistant director
Kim Kahana .... stunt coordinator
Music Department
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (as Ken Hall)

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100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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In the novel "The Haunted Monastery", on which this movie is based, Jade Mirror is the name of the dead, embalmed former abbot. In the movie, this name is given as that of Judge Dee's first wife. In the 16 Judge Dee books written by Robert van Gulik, Dee's first and second wives' names are never mentioned. His third wife is only mentioned by her family name, (Miss) Tsao, prior to her marriage to the magistrate. Her personal name is never given.See more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
An Excellent Movie and should be on DVD, 5 January 2007
Author: Spiritptc from United States

Dear All, This is an excellent movie that was part of an excellent series of books before that.

I hope it will be on DVD at some point, as I would like to own it. I always look for it on TV and never see it any more.

It has an excellent cast. One of the best Oriental casts I have seen for any movie. They all play there roles well, and are believable.

The plot is very interesting. With all the CSI stuff, isn't it nice to see how they may have done it with out equipment, beyond a brain.

Also I love the monastery spookiness, atmosphere. It is a wonderful period piece as well.


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