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Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (1989)

Dharmaga tongjoguro kan kkadalgun (original title)
About three monks in a remote monastery; an aging master, a small orphan and a young man who left his city life to seek Enlightenment.

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Yong-Kyun Bae

Writer:

Yong-Kyun Bae
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yi Pan-Yong Yi Pan-Yong ... Hye-gok
Sin Won-Sop Sin Won-Sop ... Ki-bong
Hae-Jin Huang Hae-Jin Huang ... Hae-jin
Su-Myong Ko Su-Myong Ko ... Abbot
Byeong-hui Yun Byeong-hui Yun ... Ki-bong's mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Myeong-deok Choi Myeong-deok Choi
Hui-yeong Kim Hui-yeong Kim ... The Other Disciple
Eun-yeong Lee Eun-yeong Lee
Seon-hye Lee Seon-hye Lee
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Storyline

Three people live in a remote Buddhist monastery near Mount Chonan: Hyegok, the old master; Yong Nan, a young man who has left his extended family in the city to seek enlightenment - Hyegok calls him Kibong!; and, an orphan lad Haejin, whom Hyegok has brought to the monastery to raise as a monk. The story is mostly Yong Nan's, told in flashbacks: how he came to the monastery, his brief return to the city, his vacillation between the turbulence of the world and his hope to overcome passions and escape the idea of self. We also see Hyegok as a teacher, a protector, and a father figure, and we watch Haejin make his way as a curious and nearly self-sufficient child. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

23 September 1989 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? See more »

Filming Locations:

South Korea

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bae Yong-Kyun Productions See more »
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| (Original Cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Film took seven years to complete, using a single camera, and was edited entirely by hand. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hyegok: Haejin! Haejin! There is no beginning and no end. Nothing is immutable, everything changes. That thing which does not come into being does not die.
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A meditative picture
30 August 2003 | by celitoSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie back in 1990, being played in Switzerland. to understand and appreciate this movie, you need to face the fact that western and eastern story-telling differ a lot. And since Bodhi-Dharma, who never appears in the picture, is the first patriarch of Ch'an Buddhism in China, meditation is not only a subject of the movie but also became an inspiration for the makers. The story is therefore told in an extremely slow manner, including several flashbacks. It's a perfect introduction to Zen, but also a relaxing and beautiful movie to enjoy alone.


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