The opening credits include this statement - "This film is dedicated to the International Year of Peace, 1986".
An Emperor in the Tang Dynasty agrees on a plan to bring eleven breakaway provinces back under Tang control. This involves installing patriotic Zhang Yichao as a governor, but first a hermit monk must be persuaded to enter normal life again. The monk, Master Wenhui, turns out to have astonishing skills in diplomacy, negotiation and even in tactics. Being a devout Buddhist, Wenhui's aim is to bring about the restoration with a minimum of bloodshed.
Wenhui and his party encounter a number of characters along the way to meet Zhang. He is joined by Selan, a fiery woman who is the daughter of one of the warlords. His party is attacked by two female ninjas (but these are Chinese ninjas !). He has to deal with feared bandit Wang Biao and a powerful witch doctor.