Temptation of a Monk (1993)

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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 ... See full summary »

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  • Joan Chen in Temptation of a Monk (1993)
  • Joan Chen in Temptation of a Monk (1993)
  • Joan Chen and Hsing-Kuo Wu in Temptation of a Monk (1993)
  • Joan Chen and Hsing-Kuo Wu in Temptation of a Monk (1993)
  • Joan Chen and Hsing-Kuo Wu in Temptation of a Monk (1993)
  • Joan Chen and Hsing-Kuo Wu in Temptation of a Monk (1993)

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18 May 1999 | joh-6
The subtlety of plot and the extravagant costumes MAKES this film
Temptation of a Monk is a treat for those viewers who value character development and self discovery. The movie is the story of a army general who strives to transcend the trappings of his position, social expectation and his current state of existence. He enters a monastery which shakes his social foundations (an elder brother monk, 10 years old ordering an ex-general around), but the teachings are ineffective because of his hidden motivations in joining the monastery. After a traumatic event, he moves on to another monastery, where his life begins to change. His newfound learnings and knowledge are again tested to determine whether he perseveres.

The subtlety of the plot and the gradual development of the character is wonderful, much like the metamorphosis of a caterpillar. This is the strength of the film, enticing viewers to watch on to find out whether the protagonist perseveres. The contemporary style of the costumes is another feature of this film adding to the beauty of the landscape. Overall, Temptation of a Monk is an oriental treat -- displaying both the beauty of the land and of the human soul.

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Release Date:

25 August 1995

Language

Mandarin, Cantonese


Country of Origin

Hong Kong

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