Japanese monk Hui'e royal quest to find the fabled figurine of Bodhisattva Guan Yin during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE) sets off a chain of events that transformed Mount Putuo into a historical holy site in today's China.
During the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE), a young Japanese monk Hui'e (played by popular actor Nakaizumi Hideo) was tasked with the royal mission of bringing back a fabled Guan Yin (Avalokiteshvara) rare-colored ceramic figurine to Japan. This fabled figurine had originally been commissioned by Prince Guang's mother to bless and protect her son from repeated assassination attempts by the ruling despotic Tang emperor. However, old master craftsman Yu failed in his numerous attempts during final stages of the kiln-firing process. One day, master Yu finds an infant girl in a basket, floating on a lotus pond nearby the kiln, and decides to adopt her, naming her as Little Lotus. The very same day, the rare-colored Guan Yin figurine was successfully produced by master Yu. Since Little Lotus was found the same day the Bodhisattva figurine was produced, villagers regarded her as the human incarnation of Avalokiteshvara. True enough, Little Lotus (played by the lovely actress Li Chun, known for ...Written by
Well known actor Nie Yuan has played the role of a Buddhist monk many times in his career, notably in Zhang Jizhong's CGI-laded TV epic Journey to the West, which involved Weta Digital (Lord of the Rings trilogy) tech wizardry. See more »
The story was clear and easy to follow - neither too fast or slow paced, and the strange mix of traditional aesthetics and modern effects made it quite entertaining to watch. I watched this by accident as I was looking for a completely different film, but it was a pleasant surprise. Very educating in this way - Wen I was in China, I happened to get a gift with a picture of Avalokiteshvara on it, but had no idea what it was until I saw this film.
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