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Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?

Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (1989)

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Release Date: Sep 23, 1989 Wide

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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

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Art House & International, Drama

Oct 16, 2007

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I occasionally found myself lost in thought and found the film an overall worthwhile experience.

January 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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a difficult movie of unorthodox pacing and presentation

November 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

... amazingly beautiful, as every frame puts you in mind of a painting by Rousseau or Joseph Turner.

October 21, 2007 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Attempts to express what is inexpressible and does it better than any previous film of this type.

December 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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