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PROGRAM - Special Focus - SONG Gil-han, The Writer of Cinematic Spirit

SONG Gil-han, The Writer of Cinematic Spirit


DIRECTOR IM Kwontaek SONG Gil-han, The Writer of Cinematic Spirit구분없음
Nation Korea 1981112minDCPcolor Fiction
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Two Buddhist monks become friends after a security inspection. Jisan says Buddha isn’t only in temples and Bubwoon realizes he gained nothing after 6-year asceticism. They hit the road together.

  • Review

    Mandara, a film by Song Gil-han, is adapted from Kim Seong-dong’s novel. This film sets the theme of the relationship between reality and religion, which carries throughout Song Gil-Han’s work. A young monk Beopeun (Ahn Sungki) meets another monk named Jisan (Jeon Musong) who does has not yet been ordained and has a high desire for alcohol and women. Recognizing his former self, Beopeun decides to travel with Jisan. Just as Jisan states that enlightenment is not always found only at temples, he dies. Identifying as lost souls, Jisan and Beopeun cross paths with characters from The Surrogate Woman, Gilsotteum and Ticket’s characters’ frivolous destinies. The scene of Jisan and Beopeun walking together as they discuss Buddhist doctrine in Mandara helps bring out the importance of the worldview that this story holds. [JANG Byungwon]

  • Credit

    Director IM Kwontaek
    Screenplay SONG Gil-han
    Producer LEE Taewon
    Cinematography JUNG Ilseong


IM Kwon-taek

Born in 1934. He worked from 1960´s to 2010´s. His most notable films include <i>Farewell Duman River</i> (1962), <i>Testimony</i> (1973), <i>Mandara</i> (1981).