Quiet, meditative and beautifully filmed,
has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East is not everyone’s cup of
tea. Set at a modest mountain monastery above a small city, the
daily lives of an elderly monk, his young disciple, and small
orphan boy are defined by the nature around them. Recurring
images punctuate their daily lives. They each grow in their own
way and must eventually go their won way. There are several
sequences that are set in the city both in flashback and present
time, but I found them somewhat confusing as to time frame.
The image is off-set to the right slightly, leaving a border on the left side on display devices that do not overscan. This DVD cries out for a maximum amount of resolution and pristine transfer elements, but that is not the case, unfortunately. Colors are okay at best. The final verdict is that this is likely the best you will see this film on video for many years.
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