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Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?: Director's Deluxe Edition (DVD)

Directed by : Yong-Kyun Bae
Available Date : 08/24/2021
Release Year : 1989
Running Time : 137
UPC : 784148010540
Country : South Korea
Language: Korean with English subtitles
Genre : Drama
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The first ever feature-length film from South Korea to gain theatrical distribution in the USA, WHY HAS BODHI-DHARMA LEFT FOR THE EAST? has received acclaim from critics and audiences around the world for decades. A film of remarkable power and beauty, the story follows a trio of monks in a remote mountain monastery as they grapple with the mystery of enlightenment. The oldest among them, a storied Zen master, wishes to make the ceremony of his upcoming death into a lesson for his conflicted apprentice, while the youngest among them attempts to nurse a bird he hit with a stone back to full health. The title of the film is a Zen koan, or a paradox meant to aid meditation, that provokes the question of the distinction between leaving and arriving. Magnificent, quietly powerful and astonishingly rich in formal beauty, this film is not only a cinematic gem, but an evocative meditation on the cyclical nature of existence.

Product Extras :


  • Brand-new master with definitive director's cut including ten minutes of new footage
  • 16x9 enhanced for widescreen TV
  • Dolby digital 5.1 DTS
  • Dolby digital 2.0 stereo
  • Improved English subtitles as well as subtitles in English and Korean
Publish Date : 2021-08-24
  • Yong-Kyun Bae - Director
  • Yi Pan-Yong - Actor
  • Sin Won-Sop - Actor
  • Hae-Jin Huang - Actor

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