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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:

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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

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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 film requiring multiple viewings
19 November 2007 | by peter07See all my reviews

I first saw this film several years ago, and I was told that it was so hard to understand. Then I studied more about Zen Buddhism, and slowly but surely, I did begin to understand.

The movie is considered the best film about Buddhism, and rightly so. The director, a professor at the Buddhist Dongguk University in Seoul, took seven years to make it and used non-actors to play the parts.

He recently remastered the image and dialogue in a new DVD release, but unfortunately, no extras or featurettes. This film is one of the greatest made, and I feel sorry that it hasn't gotten the proper DVD treatment it deserves.

Nonethless, this movie is a meditation about Buddhism, life and death, and our raison d'etre. Definitely not to be missed.


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