7.3/10
124
9 user 1 critic

Judge Dee and the Monastery Murders (1974)

China, 7th century. On their way to a provincial centre Judge Dee and his three wives spend the night at a taoist monastery. Soon the judge discovers that the secluded place holds a secret ... See full summary »

Director:

Jeremy Kagan (as Jeremy Paul Kagan)

Writers:

Nicholas Meyer (teleplay), Robert van Gulik (novel)
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A retired CIA agent is recruited to participate in a prisoner exchange with the Russians.

Director: Nicholas Meyer
Stars: Gene Hackman, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Kurtwood Smith
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles's radio play "The War of the Worlds" accidentally provokes mass panic.

Director: Joseph Sargent
Stars: Vic Morrow, Cliff De Young, Michael Constantine
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

To treat his friend's cocaine induced delusions, Watson lures Sherlock Holmes to Sigmund Freud.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Alan Arkin, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Duvall
Voices (1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A story about real life early 20th century British composer and music critic Philip Arnold Heseltine.

Director: Malcolm Clarke
Stars: Jeremy Northam, Tushka Bergen, Allan Corduner
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

In 1945 a group of victorious American officers discover a stash of German jewels and try to fence them in New York.

Director: Paul Breuls
Stars: Billy Zane, Lyne Renee, Michael Bowen
Vendetta (TV Movie 1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Based on a true tale of power, corruption and murder, Christopher Walken stars in the story of the largest lynching in American history...

Director: Nicholas Meyer
Stars: Christopher Walken, Luke Askew, Clancy Brown
The Informant (1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young I.R.A. member is forced to turn informant on his comrades, when he is caught in an assassination attempt on a judge.

Director: Jim McBride
Stars: Anthony Brophy, Cary Elwes, Timothy Dalton
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A powerful cosmic force is turning Earth women into queen bees who kill men by wearing them out sexually.

Director: Denis Sanders
Stars: William Smith, Anitra Ford, Victoria Vetri
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Aloha High cheerleaders, who wield considerable power in their ineptly run school, struggle against real estate developers aiming to merge their school with a rival one in order to turn the location into a shopping mall.

Director: Richard Lerner
Stars: Jerii Woods, Cheryl Smith, Helen Lang
The Hawaiians (1970)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The intertwined lives of two kindred souls with ambition begins when Captain Whip Hoxworth discovers that Nyuk Tsin has been smuggled aboard as part of cargo on The Carthaginian, which he ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Gries
Stars: Charlton Heston, Tina Chen, Geraldine Chaplin
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The adventures of young H.G. Wells and his time machine.

Stars: Freddie Stroma, Josh Bowman, Will Chase
Orpheus (TV Movie 2006)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A guy falls for a girl who draws him into a modern-day cult.

Director: Bruce Beresford
Stars: Patrick J. Adams, Eion Bailey, Fairuza Balk
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Beverly Kushida ... Bright Flower
Ching Hocson Ching Hocson ... White Rose
Yuki Shimoda ... Pure Faith
Robert Sadang Robert Sadang ... Tsung Lee
Frances Fong Frances Fong ... Mrs. Pao
Tommy Lee ... True Wisdom
Richard Lee-Sung ... First Driver
Edit

Storyline

China, 7th century. On their way to a provincial centre Judge Dee and his three wives spend the night at a taoist monastery. Soon the judge discovers that the secluded place holds a secret - the former abbot died of unnatural causes. After a number of mysterious events and more cases of murder Dee tracks down the true villain. Written by Otto Oberhauser <Oberhauser@cc.univie.ac.at>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Mystery

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Haunted Monastery See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
China's Nero Wolfe; Baffling Murder; Stylish TV Color Mystery
3 July 2005 | by silverscreen888See all my reviews

There have been a number of fine films made for television over the decades since public-network TV was rushed into being. "Judge Dee and the Monastery Murders" is one of them, on just about every count. It has that rare quality, style, a literate script by Nicholas Meyer, based on Robert Van Gulik's novel, and interesting performances, lighting and sound. Leonard Rosenman supplied above-average music; and director Jeremy Kagan kept the action going non- stop even though the structure of the investigational mystery required him to deal with many scenes of questioning, discovery and reaction. The story takes place in the 7th Century. On his way to a provincial capital, Judge Dee and his three wives are forced by a heavy rainstorm to ask for shelter at a rural Taoist monastery. The Judge, China's greatest detective, discovers that the late abbot of the institution, very recently deceased, had been murdered, that he had not died of natural causes. The monastery is host to a group of guests of various sorts, as was usual in those days; and many secrets, lies, evasions and suspicions have to be dealt with before the Judge solves not only one murder but several more attempts and deaths. This rare and intelligent production starred Khigh Dhiegh as the Judge, Mako as Tao Gan, his assistant, Miiko Taka as his First Wife, Keye Luke as Lord Sun Ming, and such luminaries of the Oriental acting fraternity as Irene Tsu, Soon-tek Oh, Frances Fong, James Hong, Beverky Kushida, Yuki Shimoda and others appearing in the talented cast. Do not miss a chance to see Judge Dee at work in this popular classic; the East's Nero Wolfe is as fascinating as Charlie Chan and as cool as Inspector Morse. It is to be regretted that no other films about this fabulous character of Van Gulik's have been made to date. This example of the Judge's work was extremely well- done for a television achievement. Jan Scott's production design and the acting alone rendered it worth worth seeking, and viewing more than once.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed