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Welcome to the Movie Night
Title: Hi Dharma
Date: June, 2
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Buddhanara Temple (Monastery) (Tel: 314-993-0185) 874 Berick Dr. St. Louis, MO 63132

Home Movies - DVDs Korean Movies on "Region-All or 1" DVDs Hi, Dharma (aka: Let's Play, Dharma)
Original title: Talmaya Nolja



About this DVD

Dharma is a Buddhist monk famous for cutting his own eyelid on the grounds that he felt that his eyes were heavy, which hindered him from concentrating on his Zen practice. All Buddhists look up to him, and he is supposed to fill their heart with peace. "Hi Dharma" ("Let's Play, Dharma" directly translated from the original Korean title) gives a hint that this movie is a comedy with material borrowed from Buddhism. Up to now, some might be impelled by curiosity, expecting the movie to be unique and original. However, "Hi Dharma" is a movie that deals with gangsters; the kind that swept over the box-office during the last summer. Notably, the film unites Lee Won-jong from "Kick the Moon," Park Sang-myeon from "My Wife Is a Gangster," and Chung Jin-young from "Guns & Talks," all of whom did original work in those comedies. This time, they meet as gangsters who want to take refugee in a Buddhist temple, where the monks want to drive them away. Compared with "My Wife Is a Gangster," a box-office success that was criticized for excessive swearing and violence, "Hi Dharma" comes up with rather healthy contents and even gives some lessons on Buddhism.

Whereas Buddhist monks cannot even kill a mosquito, gangsters brandish swords at people. In this context, they are standing on the extreme side of life. Bearing some resemblance in that both people live out of their own houses, have short hair, and appear to have shady past, however, they soon throw off their reserve and start establishing a close rapport with each other. After losing a power struggle inside the same gang, Jae-gyu (Park Shin-yang) takes his henchmen to a temple located in a secluded mountain. They receive permission from the very old chief monk (Kim In-moon) to stay at the temple, for the time being. However, every minute that goes by they cause trouble. They get on the monks' nerves by asking embarrassing questions, making a noise late at night, and so on. Finally, the monks decide to kick them out and the gangsters propose to play five matches: if they lose in the matches, they will leave the temple.

The matches include playing soccer; doing Buddhist bows 3,000 times; staying in water for a long time and playing "flower cards" ("hwatoo" in Korean). As the movie "Cup" dealt with boy monks in the Himalayas going nuts over the World Cup, "Hi Dharma" features monks, who are supposed to be otherworldly beings, doing the worldliest things, arousing laughter. Although the scenes showing the monks and gangsters play the matches take up the most part of the movie, however, the laughter coming from the scenes provoke somewhat forced and futile one rather than the one that brings forth catharsis. The sequence of episodes is no better than the sections featured in TV comedy shows, such as MBC's "Comedy House" or KBS's "Gag Concert."

To make the simple plot richer, the movie includes an unattainable love story between a Buddhist nun (Lim Hyun-gyung) and the gangster Nalchi (Kang Sung-jin), as well as a psychotic (Kim Young-joon) who prepares bar exam at the temple, shows up from time to time, behaving wildly and using strange words. However, the settings above don't really mix with the plot, ending up as simply superfluous.

One good thing about the movie is that the characters, ranging from a very old chief monk to a 5-year-old boy monk, delivered their roles quite well. In particular, a long-time actor Kim In-moon's acting as a wise old chief monk was as real as it could be, and Chung Jin-young, who acted as the second highest monk, was excellent in delivering the comic yet guileful character.

The director seems to have included some Buddhist lessons probably hoping to evade criticism that "Hi Dharma" is just another gangster movie. It would have been better if the lessons had melted together naturally with the episodes, instead of being simply spoken in lines by the old chief monk.

A group of professional gangsters get the short end of the stick and run for their lives by hiding in a Buddhist temple. The monks are suddenly placed in a position where they have to live with the crooks. As they await the saving phone call of their boss they become an annoying presence for the monks training in the way of the Buddha. They get a grant to stay at the temple, but then they also must train as monks. The monks and the gangsters become gripped in a taut tug of war to see who wins. All of a sudden the gangsters have to live a temple life, instead of the luxuries they used to enjoy before. Can they eventually bade farewell in good will to the monks? Well, go see the movie.

Languages: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country Made: Korea
Region Code: ALL
Year Made: 2002
Running Time: 95
Special Features: Cast & Director's Audio Commentary, Cast and Crews,
Making Featurette, Outtakes, Trailer, NG Cuts, Music Video, Moving Pictures - Gallery


Hi dharma 2 - Showdown In Seoul

Description:
In order to complete a mission give by the deceased head monk, the monk trio from the original starts a journey to find Mushim Temple in Seoul city, a completely foreign environment from the one they're accustomed to. However, what they find is that the temple is in big financial trouble and in danger of being taken over by gangsters who are the legal owners of the land. Now the monks have no other option but to stay in the city to protect the temple, and another showdown with the gangsters seems to be inevitable.


Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?

Directed by Bae Yong-Kyun - Starring Pan-Yong Yi, Won-Sop Sin, Hae-Jin Huang
Image Entertainment - Rated Not Rated - 137 min - Religious Drama - Region: 1 (USA & territories, Canada)

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 his followers. Much time is spent following the boy as he learns about the nature of life in the smallest of ways. Sometimes the older acolyte has brief memories of the past he recently left. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi




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