Director Im Kwon-Taek Retrospective: Mandara

Date: Oct 25, 2012 8:40 PM / Oct 27, 2012 6:10 PM
Venue: BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, The South Bank Centre, London

Year: 1981
Production Country: South Korea
Directed by: Im Kwon-Taek
Featuring: Jun Moo-Sang / Ahn Song-Ki / Bang Hee
Running time: 117min

Im’s first undoubted masterpiece confronts Pobun, a young grad who has jilted his girlfriend to become an itinerant Buddhist monk, with Jisan, an older monk who drinks liquor, eats meat and is far from celibate – but nonetheless seems closer to enlightenment than anyone Pobun has ever met. Im conjures huge spiritual questions from a very physical, naturalistic depiction of Korea in 1981.

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