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Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?

  • Release Date: Sep 23, 1989
  • Runtime: 2 hr. 17 min.
  • Genres: Religious Drama, Drama


The title refers to a Zen riddle for which there is no answer. Noted painter Bae Yong-kyun spent several years devoted to carefully and lovingly creating this challenging, meditative and exquisitely photographed film. A young man aspires to the priestly life and so travels to a remote mountain hermitage to study under an aged Zen Master whose corporeal days are numbered. The master lives alone there with a small orphan boy. As the days slowly pass, the master occasionally shares his wisdom with his...more


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