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Temptation of a Monk (1993)

You Seng (original title)
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

Writers:

Eddie Ling-Ching Fong (screenplay) (as Ling Ching Fong), Pik Wah Lee (screenplay) (as Lilian Lee) | 1 more credit »
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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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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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Joan Chen had her head completely shaved for the role of Qingshou (Violet). See more »

Quotes

Qing-shou: [kneeling] My worldly name is Qing-shou. My late husband was General Zhang Jin. He led an attack on Eastern Turks. Was ambushed, alas. Died on reaching home. His family is Buddhist. Long connected with your temple. Hope he could be cremated here.
The Abbot: Our temple's dilapidated, unfit for funerals.
Qing-shou: It's my late husband's last wish.
The Abbot: There's no extra hands. Madam, please rise.
Qing-shou: [stays knelt]
The Abbot: I, Madam... I'm 100 years old. I've forgotten the "Great Deliverance Chant".
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You're the monk!
21 August 1999 | by johnnnSee all my reviews

The first and foremost aspects to be appreciated in this movie by Clara Law are its cinematography and directing. Both aspects are marvelous. The scenes are beautiful and you'll see magnificent colors skillfully contrasted. The performances are great as well. Just watch it. At least you wouldn't see a monk and a nun 'caught in action' anywhere else. By the way, in general Clara Law is a great filmmaker. I recommend you to watch her 'Farewell to China'. Have a good viewing :)


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

25 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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