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Judge Dee and the Monastery Murders (1974)

China, 7th century. On their way to a provincial centre Judge Dee and his three wives spend the night at a taoist monastery. Soon the judge discovers that the secluded place holds a secret ... See full summary »

Director:

Jeremy Kagan (as Jeremy Paul Kagan)

Writers:

Nicholas Meyer (teleplay), Robert van Gulik (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Khigh Dhiegh ... Dee Jen-djieh (Judge Dee)
Mako ... Tao Gan
Soon-Tek Oh ... Kang I-Te
Miiko Taka ... Jade Mirror
Irene Tsu ... Celestial Image
Keye Luke ... Lord Sun Ming
Susie Elene ... Miss Ting
James Hong ... Prior
Beverly Kushida Beverly Kushida ... Bright Flower
Ching Hocson Ching Hocson ... White Rose
Yuki Shimoda ... Pure Faith
Robert Sadang Robert Sadang ... Tsung Lee
Frances Fong Frances Fong ... Mrs. Pao
Tommy Lee ... True Wisdom
Richard Lee-Sung ... First Driver
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Storyline

China, 7th century. On their way to a provincial centre Judge Dee and his three wives spend the night at a taoist monastery. Soon the judge discovers that the secluded place holds a secret - the former abbot died of unnatural causes. After a number of mysterious events and more cases of murder Dee tracks down the true villain. Written by Otto Oberhauser <Oberhauser@cc.univie.ac.at>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Haunted Monastery See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the novel "The Haunted Monastery", on which this movie is based, Jade Mirror is the name of the dead, embalmed former abbot. In the movie, this name is given as that of Judge Dee's first wife. In the 16 Judge Dee books written by Robert van Gulik, Dee's first and second wives' names are never mentioned. His third wife is only mentioned by her family name, (Miss) Tsao, prior to her marriage to the magistrate. Her personal name is never given. See more »

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Avid Judge Dee Reader, Loved this Movie
8 March 2006 | by jknoppow-1See all my reviews

Another person here said that, having read all of the Dee mysteries, he thought this was a bad adaptation.

I very strongly disagree. I have also read them all, and love them all. The film is different because it is a film. But the warmth, the humor, and the clever detecting is the same. I give the books a 10 and I give this film a 10.

This film bears the same resemblance to it's originating books as the Charley Chan film series did to Earl Derr Biggers novels. It's nearly if not actually impossible to get everything into a movie that is in a novel, and when it's a series of novels and short stories, as here, one gets a collective sense of the central characters that no single film can possibly produce. It is true that Judge Dee written doesn't match Judge Dee filmed entirely, but then, neither did Charley Chan. The only thing I ask of a film is that it be well done, and either or both informative or entertaining.

I think this film more than satisfies on all counts.


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