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Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • The title of the film is a Zen Buddhist koan (riddle). Bodhi-Dharma is the name of the fifth-century monk who introduced Zen Buddhism to east Asia. The entire film took director Bae Yong-kyun seven years to plan, two years to shoot, and one year to edit. The film maker used non-actors. Shown at the Cannes Film Festival in May of 1989. The movie was awarded the Golden Leopard at the 1990 Locarno Film Festival. Released theatrically in New York City on September 25, 1993. This was the first Korean film to ever receive a theatrical release in the United States. An ICA production. Additional cast: Ko Su Yong (Superior) and Kim Hae Yong (Fellow Disciple). The movie was chosen as "One of the Ten Best Films of All Time" by three international film critics in the 1993 "Sight & Sound" Critics' Poll.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MILE00105

  • Credits
    Yi Pan-Yong, Sin Won-Sop, Hae-Jin Huang
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[Gazes] into the physical world with a fixity, clarity and depth rarely found in the cinema..."
    New York Times

    "...It's certainly easy to admire the movie's spare beauty, spirituality and remarkable control..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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