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, 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.

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Original Title Bodhi-Dharma
German Title Warum Bodhi-Dharma in den Orient aufbrach
French Title Pourquoi Bodhi-Dharma est-il parti vers l'Orient?
Other Titles Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?: A Zen Fable - Dharmaga tongjoguro kan k
Directed by Yong-kyun Bae
Country South Korea
Available Formats 35mm, DVD, Blu-ray, DCP
Screenplay Yong-kyun Bae
Film Editing Yong-kyun Bae
Soundtrack Kyu-yeong Jin
Cinematography Yong-kyun Bae
Sound Yong-kyun Bae
Production Yong-kyun Bae
Runtime 133 Min.
Language Koreanisch/d/f
Won-sop Sin Ki-bong, junger Mönch
Pan-yong Yi Hye-gok, alter Mönch
Hae-jin Huang Hae-jin, Novize
Ko Su-myong Abt
Yun Byeong-hui Mutter

Goldener Leopard, Filmfestival von Locarno 1989; Preis der Internationalen Filmkritik; Preis der Ökumenischen Jury; Preis der Jugend.

«Wie ein Zittern der Erde, kurz vor einem Beben.»
Der Spiegel

"Ein überwältigender Film, der die Normen sprengt."
Le Quotidien de Paris

«In gazing into the physical world with a fixity, clarity and depth rarely found in the cinema, "Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?" goes about as far as a film can go in conjuring a meditative state.» New York Times

"Rührt an das Wesen des Lebens, der Elemente und der menschlichen Bahn in seiner ewigen Bewegung. Ein magischer und universeller Film."
La Suisse

"Ein Film, der von einem anderen Planeten zu uns zu kommen scheint."
La Repubblica

"Perlen des Orients. Kosmisches Kino."
Le Monde

"Wie Tarkowski hat Bae einen poetischen Film geschaffen, der fast schon Musik ist."
Il Giorno


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