A traveling scholar, Mr. Ho, is assigned the task of translating a special sutra for a ceremony honoring deceased soldiers. Needing a place to concentrate while he works, he is sent to a fort to be hosted by a Mr. Tsui, the secretary to the general of the fort.
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My first King Hu film, and I can easily see what the hype is about. While this genre picture necessarily lapses into by-the-numbers ghost story and action movie mechanics, it often pauses, as if overwhelmed by its own majesty, for moments of meditative visualization and prophetic montage. Hu's inherent lyricism pushes through the film's mechanics. The experience you are left with is a spiritual one.