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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 »

Director:

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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

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

The Abbot: [after Shi Yan-sheng finished shaving his head] Feels so good! Just like what man and woman do together.
[laughs]
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Stunning visuals; but little else... a moody misfire of a piece.
31 March 1999 | by RobertCSee all my reviews

Narrative structure has never been Clara Law's strong point; but she usually has some kind of conceptual development to tie her images together... this one tries to float like a dream; & ends up sinking like a stone. Watching it, one can't help wondering whether there was a three hour version either scripted or shot: all the elements for an intriguing take on individual responsibility seem to be in place; but none have been allowed to develop beyond the level of operatic manga. As Gertrude Stein observed (probably unkindly) of Oakland, there's no there there....

Then again: perhaps Ms Law just fell in love with her (admittedly quite stunning) images....


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