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LKFF 2019: Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?

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Korean Cultural Centre UK

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Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? plays as part of the London Korean Film Festival 2019. For more info visit: koreanfilm.co.uk

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A boy Hae-jin, young monk Ki-bong and very old monk Hye-gok inhabit a small, dilapidated hermitage up in the mountains. Below lies a main temple, below that a town with all its worldly woes and pleasures. The hermitage and its slow rhythm of life seems almost as much a part of nature as of religion. Yet when the old monk dies, even this timeless realm will change.

Bae Yong-kyoon devoted years to the making of this remarkable film. He produced, directed, lighted, photographed and edited it: he, did at least, have some help with the haunting soundtrack. The sheer visual beauty and mystery of the mountain setting, creatures – a jay, a young cow – who seem to attend the little boy, water rushing over uncannily smooth river rocks: all this suggests a kind of animated mandara meant to take us into deeper contact with life and death, being and non-being.

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