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You Seng (Temptation of a Monk) (1993)

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This melodramatic epic martial arts outing from Hong Kong filmmaker Clara Law is set in 7th-century China and center's on a disgraced warrior's quest for redemption. Formerly a general, he trustingly made a devil's bargain with a rival general that resulted in the assassination of his troops and the prince he was sworn to protect. Though every part of him aches for bloody vengeance, the fallen fighter follows his mother's advice and becomes a peaceful wanderer. He tries, but things don't go the way he hoped for everywhere he goes. His nemesis attacks, and, before long, kills everyone the good general cares about, including his lover, a beautiful princess. He finally finds solace in a remote Buddhist temple where he undergoes instruction from elderly monks. This time trouble comes in the form of a beautiful widow, a woman who looks exactly like his slain love. On the heels of her betrayal comes the wicked general and before the heroic warrior can find lasting peace, he must survive one last battle. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama
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Cast

Joan Chen
as Princess Scarlet/Violet
Hsing-kuo Wu
as General Shi
Fengyi Zhang
as General Huo
Lisa Lu
as Shi's mother

Critic Reviews for You Seng (Temptation of a Monk)

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Visually sparkling as a period piece costume epic, but it emotionally fails to grab me.

Full Review… | August 31, 2011
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Audience Reviews for You Seng (Temptation of a Monk)

½

Adapted from a Lillian Lee novel by the same name, a Tang era general (Wu Hsing Guo making his feature film debut) renounces war and the woman he loves (Sino-Hollywood actress Joan Chen) after fleeing to a monastery where he accepts Buddhist dogma and begins to confront the soul simmering inside him. Boring has never been so beautiful looking and love making never so listless. Lee shares screenwriting credit with Eddie Fong whose wife Clara Law directs.

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