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Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left For the East ? Movie Review Summary

Actors: Yi Pan-Yong, Sin Won-Sop

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Written, produced and directed by Bae Yong-Kyun over a seven years period, this film, dealing with Zen and Buddhism, won the Golden Leopard of the 1989 Locarno International Film Festival.

In a remote Buddhist temple situated on the summit of a mountain live an old master, a younger monk and an orphan boy. The master tries to show "the way" to his pupil who still wonders whether he was right or not to leave his family and the outside world for this contemplative life.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   religious issues

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   religious figure Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Other Asian

Setting

Asia/Pacific/Middle East    -   Yes Asian country:    -   the Koreas Forest?    -   Yes Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   river

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   None

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