The Buddhist Spell (1993)

Countries - Taiwan   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Chao Lu-chiang directed this low-budget historical fantasy from Taiwan, featuring Sharla Cheung as Miss Shen, who is raped by the wicked Register (Lung Fong). The Register then murders her by smashing her head into a tree brought along by a woodsman named Feng Yun-tin (Mark Chen). What the Register doesn't know is that the murder weapon is a thousand-year old holy tree which has magical powers and now holds the discorporated soul of the murdered girl. Miss Shen's spirit tells Feng that if he doesn't help her get revenge on the Register, she will possess his body forever. While Feng begins turning the tree into a sacred statue of Kwanyin, Miss Shen stays with him and he falls in love with her. This makes him start to reconsider his task, because completing the statue will also cause her spirit to disperse and become one with nature. Another man who doesn't want the statue to be made is the leader of the Da Hung (Lau Shun), whose evil religious cult will not be able to release the demonic Blood Kid to conquer humanity if the icon reaches completion. Wu Ma co-stars.