Temptation of a Monk

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Temptation of a Monk ★★ 1994

Costume drama about China's 7th-century Tang Dynasty finds General Shi (Hsinkuo) duped into an assassination plot against the crown prince. After a massacre, the General flees and finds sanctuary with a group of Buddhist monks at a remote temple. There's also the General's sometime lover and a mystery woman (both played by Chen). Sometimes slow-moving and confusing but with exotic visuals. Based on a novel by Lilian Lee; Mandarin with subtitles. 118m/C VHS, DVD . CH Wu Hsinkuo, Joan Chen, Fengyi Zhang, Michael Lee; D: Clara Law; W: Eddie Ling-Ching Fong; C: Andrew Lesnie; M: Tats Lau.