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.
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]