A would-be warrior finds his career hindered by his phenomenal good looks in this Chinese adventure. Lanling is the good-looking leader of the Phoenix tribe. He is first seen standing naked during an initiation rite facilitated by his mother. Later he embarks upon a major battle with the Black Hawk tribe, but is considered to be so beautiful by his arch rival General Big Beard, that the general will not fight him. Lanling is utterly humiliated and decides to end his life, but then the beautiful Ying Ying, changes his mind. Lanling then becomes determined to never suffer such embarrassment again and so creates a hideous mask to wear in battle. Unfortunately, once it is on his face, it never comes off and worse yet, he comes to be as ugly within as he is without.
~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide