Mandala (film)

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Mandala
Mandala poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Mandara
McCune–Reischauer Mantara
Directed by Im Kwon-taek
Produced by Park Chong-chan
Written by Kim Song-dong (novel)
Lee Sang-hyon
Song Kil-han
Starring Ahn Sung-ki
Jeon Moo-song
Kim Jong-su
Music by Kim Chong-gil
Cinematography Jeong Il-seong
Edited by Lee Do-won
Distributed by Hwa Chun Trading Company
Release dates
  • September 12, 1981 (1981-09-12)
Running time
117 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean

Mandala (Hangul: 만다라) is a 1981 South Korean film about Buddhist monks in Korea. This is considered by many critics to be director Im Kwon-taek's breakthrough film as a cinematic artist.

Plot[edit]

The film follows the differing lives of two Buddhist monks in Korea. By following their lives and their interaction throughout the film, Im creates a contemplation of the nature of individualism, religious belief and enlightenment.[1]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ IM KWON-TAEK: KOREAN VISIONS at www.facets.org
  2. ^ Lee, Young-il (1988). The History of Korean Cinema. Motion Picture Promotion Corporation. ISBN 89-88095-12-X. , p.343.
  3. ^ Hartzell, Adam. A Review of Im Kwon-Taek: The Making of a Korean National Cinema at www.koreanfilm.org

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