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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

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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:

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Dolby

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Color

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

Quotes

Shi Yan-sheng: Got it! I've got it... Starved to death, I'm the same as the others. Fundamentally, all are the same. Fighting in battles, killing countless people. Did I have innate mercy? Xuan Wu Gate, was it for righteousness?
[points at his heart]
Shi Yan-sheng: He'd thought about titles and fame! He wanted to be grade one generalissimo! Leading armies of millions, acquiring great fame, betraying his lord! This heart, same as those curs. Base, black, filthy, cold-blooded!
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A strange, extremely terrible film!!
8 September 1999 | by zhiminSee all my reviews

Although I have quite a lot knowledge of Chinese history, it does not help me understanding any part of this film. All the actors behaved strangely, seems to me that they were born on another planet. For example, no one answers other people's questions directly. The mood of this film overall is stressful, non-interesting.


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