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Near the beginning of the Tang dynasty, in 7th century China, General Shi Yan-sheng is tricked into leaving the crown prince unguarded. The crown prince is murdered by one of his brothers ... See full summary »

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Hsing-kuo Wu ...
General Shi Yan-sheng / Jing-yi (as Hsin Kuo Wu)
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Near the beginning of the Tang dynasty, in 7th century China, General Shi Yan-sheng is tricked into leaving the crown prince unguarded. The crown prince is murdered by one of his brothers who then becomes emperor. Shi retreats to a monastery, perhaps to hide, perhaps to plan a coup. When his loyal troops as well as the princess he desires are slain, he seeks refuge in a remote, abandoned monastery where an aged abbot schools him with practical, earthy teachings. The emperor's forces pursue Shi: first a woman, then a general seek to overpower him with lust and might. Over the course of the film, the reds of battle give way to blues of meditation. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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General Shi Yan-sheng: The Master Abbot sent you?
Child Monk: [nods head] Your roots of wisdom are slight, your sins serious. In this life you're unlikely to attain the highest wisdom. I'll show you the way. Success or failure is in your hands. Observe the prohibitions, be ascetic, work hard for progress in the next life. Then you can see the light of Buddha after centuries.
Soldier: You... you've been a monk for long?
Child Monk: Ten years.
General Shi Yan-sheng: How old are you?
Child Monk: Ten.
General Shi Yan-sheng: Your parents sent you here?
Child Monk: No parents. Empty of all burden.
Fat Soldier: My tummy is empty. How ...
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The Dersu Uzala of naked female monk movies
18 September 1998 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Like the Kurosawa film, this one promises more than it delivers. There are a lot of spectacular vistas, but ultimately what is lacking is story or dramatic punch.

Perhaps the misleading ad campaign was to blame, and this film improves on second viewing. It would be nice to think so; it has a number of good elements.


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