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New Director's Edition DVD from Milestone


This is my favorite film. The new DVD is excellent. Bae Yong-Kyun has added 10 minutes of new footage throughout. This and new english subtitles makes the storytelling very clear. It is idealized but a very good film about the zen experience. Nothing extra. Every time I watch this it amazes me again.

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This is in no way a criticism of the film, but I have to wonder if the person(s) who did the subtitle translations on the Milestone edition really understood anything about Buddhism?

I am pretty familiar with Seon and I defintely do not imagine that a Master would speak in terms of finding a "soul" or a "true self" - I really wish that I spoke Korean because based on what I know about Seon Buddhism I don't trust the content of the subtitles on the Milestone addition at all.

Can anyone who speaks both languages please comment on the subtitles?

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That having been said, Dharmaga Tongjoguro Kan Kkadalgun is an extraordinary movie!

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I have the original dvd, if you want, I could help you to compare what the original subs said. Just describe the approx runtime and who is saying the line at which point in the film and I will give you the original version.

Put your reply in this thread, and if you want me to respond send me a private message, which I might stumble upon after a few weeks LOL

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I just watched what I assume is a much earlier, non-Milestone version, in two video CD. I don't speak Korean and can't guarantee but I did not notice any subtitles with the word "soul" or inappropriate use of "self". I think I would have noticed if there were any. There was only one scene's subtitles that I found annoying, some psychobabble about oneness. On the CDs' subtitles, I felt most of the language stayed true to form of a writer who's sympathetic to tradition - and I found it worthwhile and would recommend for other people familiar with that tradition - but personally I would not watch the movie for inspiration and I wouldn't pick the writer to be a dharma teacher.

"Magic Theater...not for everyone" -Hesse

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