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Hi! Dharma! (2001)

Dalmaya nolja (original title)
Laughs and thrills go hand-in-fist in this Korean action comedy, as a band of criminals fleeing a violent gang war hides out in a monastery. The monks in residence quickly tire of the goons... See full summary »

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Shin-yang Park ...
Jae-gyu
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Monk Jeong-myeong
Sang-Myeon Park ...
Bul-kom
Seong-jin Kang ...
Nal-chi
Su-ro Kim ...
Wang Ku-ra
Kyoung-In Hong ...
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
In-mun Kim ...
Master
Yeong-jun Kim
Dae-yeon Lee ...
Chang-guen
Mu-hyeon Lee ...
Dae-ho
Mun-shik Lee ...
Monk Dae-bong
Won-jong Lee ...
Monk Hyeon-gak
Hyeon-kyeong Lim ...
Yeun-hwa
Seung-su Ryu ...
Monk Myung-chun
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Laughs and thrills go hand-in-fist in this Korean action comedy, as a band of criminals fleeing a violent gang war hides out in a monastery. The monks in residence quickly tire of the goons' distressing behavior and manufacture a series of activities to get even. Shin-yang Park, Jin-yeong Jeong star. Written by Anonymous

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9 November 2001 (South Korea)  »

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Let's Play, Dharma  »

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Followed by Hi! Dharma 2: Showdown in Seoul (2004) See more »

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Formulaic, but full of laughs
5 December 2002 | by (Korea) – See all my reviews

This is one of the better movies to come from the Korea gangster-comedy genre that currently proliferates Korean cinema and international sections of video stores everywhere.

I find English speaking people have less patience with subtitles than foreign audiences do with our movies, especially for comedies, and while a lot of the original humor is cultural and lost in the translation, there are enough visual jokes to keep most happy here.

The acting is top-notch, and for a cultural insight into Buddhism, it's worth checking out.

Recommended 8/10


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