About the film
Temptation of a Monk
Release Date: September 15, 1993
|Production Companies||:||Long Shong International Co. Ltd., Tedpoly Films Limited|
|Producers||:||Teddy Robin, Eddie Fong, Kay Wong|
|Writers||:||Lilian Lee, Lilian Lee, Eddie Fong|
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.