What sets this film apart from almost any other TV movie is its unusual setting of China in medieval times. Khigh Dhiegh stars in the title role of the Chinese detective character created by novelist Robert Van Gulik, involved in a story about some very mysterious happenings in a monastery.
THe film features a totally distinctive sleuth faced with an unusual case involving his three wives, a killer bear, three murders, a one-armed lady, a dead monk, a chamber of horrors, a vengeful swordsman, a lovesick juggler, a kidnapped nun -- and a nagging head cold. Every role -- major, supporting or extra -- is portrayed by an Asian, making this another TV movie first.
Stars: Khigh Dhiegh, Mako, Soon-Tek Oh