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Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?

Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?

Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (달마가 동쪽으로 간 까닭은? – Dalmaga dongjjok-euro gan ggadakeun?) (1989) is a South Korean film written, produced and directed by Bae Yong-kyun, a professor at Dongguk University in Seoul. Known principally as a painter, Bae spent seven years making this film with one camera and editing it by hand. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival. It was the first South Korean film to receive a theater release in the United States. The US distributor Milestone Films premiered the film in New York City on September 24, 1993 and then expanded to over 30 cities.

Plot

A meditative film dealing with Seon Buddhist views on life, Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? follows the lives of three Buddhist monks: an orphaned boy, an adult monk and an elderly monk.

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