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You Seng (1993)

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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Clara Law

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Eddie Ling-Ching Fong (screenplay) (as Ling Ching Fong), Pik Wah Lee (screenplay) (as Lilian Lee) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Joan Chen ... Princess Hong-e - Scarlet / Qing-shou - Violet
Hsing-Kuo Wu ... General Shi Yan-sheng / Jing-yi
Fengyi Zhang ... General Huo Da
Ming-Yang Li Ming-Yang Li ... The Abbot
Lisa Lu ... Shi's Mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Teddy Robin Kwan ... Soldier
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Storyline

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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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

25 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Temptation of a Monk See more »

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Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Joan Chen had her head completely shaved for the role of Qingshou (Violet). See more »

Quotes

Qing-shou: You're not a monk... You've caressed me...
Shi Yan-sheng: You're Hong-e.
Qing-shou: I'm just a widow...
[caresses his body]
Qing-shou: Your body's like a general. A general who's cut thousands of heads...
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A Comic Book of a Movie but a Comic Book of Genius
21 March 2011 | by cloudspongeSee all my reviews

Throughout, I felt that this movie had the sensibility of a comic book, but a comic book of genius. The visuals were ceaselessly stunning, every single scene change led to another beautiful surprise; both dramatically and with what we were allowed to gorge our eyes (and sometimes ears) on. Rather than call it "directing", or "photography," or "set design," I want to say that the artwork was breathtaking.

What are movies but comic books with the added dimensions of movement and sound? Both largely tell their stories with visuals, and dialog or narration. Too often I am a stickler for believability in movies but I could not help cutting this movie a lot of slack. "Yes, that is just how a comic book might treat the story but with nowhere near the impact," I found myself thinking throughout...


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