Buddhist monk movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant buddhist monk movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, stylized, realistic, melancholic, contemplative and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with buddhist monk, monk, buddhism, danger, buddhist, redemption, heroes, catastrophe, culture clash and martial arts plots mostly in Drama, Action and Fantasy genres shot in USA, Hong Kong, Thailand and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as buddhist monk: Zen (2009), Kundun (1997), Samsara (2001), It Gets Better (2012), Sword Master (2016), The Monkey King 2 (2016), Beautiful Boxer (2004), The Cup (1999), Bulletproof Monk (2003), Legend of the Demon Cat (2017).

List of buddhist monk movies

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: This South Korean film takes place on an isolated lake, where an old monk lives in a small floating temple. The monk has a young boy living with him, learning to become a monk. We watch as seasons and years pass by.
Style: meditative, philosophical, melancholic, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: buddhism, buddhist monk, redemption, meditation, monk, solitude, teachers and students, existentialism, mentor, human nature, guilt, isolation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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 7.5
 944
Zen (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In the early 1200s, Dogen brought Chinese Zen philosophy to Japan, and established the Japanese Zen sect of Buddhism. He taught that a person was capable of realizing Buddhahood within himself, by way of Zazen. Zazen is extended hours of sitting and ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, captivating, contemplative
Plot: buddhism, buddhist monk, zen, enlightenment, religion, meditation, poverty, abstinence, teaching, society, self discovery, death ...
Time: 13th century
Place: japan, china
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 7.0
 26K
Kundun (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Monaco, Morocco
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The Tibetans refer to the Dalai Lama as 'Kundun', which means 'The Presence'. He was forced to escape from his native home, Tibet, when communist China invaded and enforced an oppressive regime upon the peaceful nation. The Dalai ...
Style: thought provoking, stylized, captivating, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: buddhism, buddhist monk, politics, monastery, exile, communism, buddha, occupation, political unrest, society, hopes, leadership ...
Time: 50s, 1930s, 1940s, 40s, 30s ...
Place: tibet, china, asia, poland, india ...
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 7.8
 7K
Samsara (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: India, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A love story situated in the Himalayas. A Buddhist monk can't choose between life and the way of the Buddha.
Style: serious, captivating, thought provoking, atmospheric, sentimental ...
Plot: buddhism, monk, self discovery, social differences, human nature, culture clash, lifestyle, monastery, rich and poor, hopes, society, religions or cults ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, himalaya, tibet, india
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 6.9
 107
It Gets Better (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Thailand
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Saithan, a retired post-op transsexual, retreats to the beautiful mountains of northern Thailand and falls in love with a local mechanic. Saithan wonders if Fai will look into her heart rather than her male past. Tonmai has inherited a gay cabaret ...
Plot: gay, novice, nightclub, robbery, buddhist monk, theft, ashes, transsexual, female impersonator, newcomer, parent child relationship, lgbt teen ...
Place: thailand
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Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Three people live in a remote Buddhist monastery near Mount Chonan: Hyegok, the old master; Yong Nan, a young man who has left his extended family in the city to seek enlightenment - Hyegok calls him Kibong!; and, an orphan lad Haejin, whom Hyegok ...
Style: serious, captivating, thought provoking, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: buddhism, mountain, orphan, monk, monastery, zen, buddhist monk, obsession, parents and children, teachers and students, human spirit, haunted by the past ...
Place: korea, asia
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 6.0
 2K
Sword Master (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Weary of the bloodshed and violence from the martial arts world, a powerful swordsman banishes himself to the humble life a vagrant, wandering the fringes of society. But his violent past refuses to let him go quietly. The master swordsman must ...
Style: exciting, entertaining, stylized, humorous, psychotronic ...
Plot: chinese, swordsman, martial arts, violence, master warrior, flirting, warrior, prostitute, illness, journey, buddha, supernatural ability ...
Place: china
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The Monkey King 2 (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Taking place 500 years after the Havoc in Heaven, the Tang Priest is appointed by Buddha to go to the West to fetch the sacred scriptures, only to accidentally free the Monkey King. With Lady White (Gong Li) aiming to break up the team assembled to ...
Style: captivating, entertaining, exciting, tense, stylized ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: dragon, demon, monk, witch, monkey king, dishonesty, danger, adventure, good versus evil, heroes, friendship, heroic mission ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ancient china
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Beautiful Boxer (2004)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Thailand
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on the true life story of a Thai who wishes to have a sex change operation to become a woman. to pay for this he enters the brutal world of Thai boxing, un-nerving his opponents by performing a makeup application ritual before each fight.
Style: touching, psychological, captivating, melancholic, compassionate ...
Plot: transsexual, transvestism, martial arts, gays and lesbians, gender bending, athlete's life, friendship, boxing, lifestyle, ambition, desire, muay thai ...
Time: contemporary
Place: thailand, asia, japan, bangkok thailand, california
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 7.0
 3K
The Cup (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: Bhutan, Australia
Duration: 93 min.
Story: While the soccer World Cup is being played in France, two young Tibetan refugees arrive at a monastery/boarding school in exile in India. Its atmosphere of serene contemplation is disrupted by soccer fever, the chief instigator being a young ...
Style: touching, feel good, humorous, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: monastery, friendship, culture clash, ambition, hopes, society, teachers and students, small town, small town life, politics, youth, refugee ...
Time: 90s
Place: tibet, asia, himalaya, india, tokyo ...
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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Thailand, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long lost son returns home in a ...
Style: atmospheric, meditative, disturbing, absurd, contemplative ...
Plot: reincarnation, jungle, haunted by the past, introspection, supernatural, hopes, dealing with death, surrealism, ghost, family relations, existentialism, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, asia, tokyo, japan
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Bulletproof Monk (2003)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A mysterious and immortal Tibetan kung fu master, who has spent the last 60 years traveling around the world protecting the ancient Scroll of the Ultimate, mentors a selfish street kid in the ancient intricacies of kung fu.
Style: exciting, humorous, semi serious, stylized, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: monk, heroes, prophecy, good versus evil, scroll, martial arts, master warrior, knife fight, adventure, supernatural, culture clash, supernatural ability ...
Time: contemporary, 40s, 20th century, 1940s, 21st century ...
Place: tibet, san francisco, usa, asia, hong kong ...
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Legend of the Demon Cat (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance
Country: China, Japan, Hong Kong
Duration: 129 min.
Story: During the Late Tang Dynasty, a manor is invaded by a demon cat and a sense of unrest befalls the capital of Changan. A poet is charged with investigating the case and meets up with a monk. The two work together and pull apart the thread of clues ...
Style: enigmatic, suspense, captivating, tense, psychotronic ...
Plot: emperor, poet, magical creature, investigation, mysticism, secret, supernatural, death, cat, mistress, black cat, danger ...
Time: 8th century
Place: ancient china
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 6.2
 113
Golden Kingdom (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Myanmar
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Story of four young monks left alone in their remote monastery in Myanmar. Shot entirely in newly-opened Myanmar with non-actors, the film bridges spirit, cinema, and traditional Burmese storytelling to open a view onto an unseen world.
Style: atmospheric, tense, touching, serious, contemplative
Plot: danger, escapades, coming of age, in the woods, child in peril, imaginary, curses spells and rituals, orphan, youth, buddhist monk, monk, storytelling
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: burma
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 6.9
 584
Nanayo (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, Thailand
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young woman leaves her job and lover in Japan to start a new life in Thailand.
Plot: nature, buddhist monk, female director, thai, tank top
Place: thailand
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Journey to the West (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Taiwan
Duration: 56 min.
Story: A Buddhist monk walks barefoot and incredibly slowly through Marseille – so slowly, that his progress is barely perceptible and he becomes a calming influence in the midst of the town’s goings-on.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, contemplative, psychological ...
Plot: clergy, solitude, monk, self discovery, introspection, journey, urban, buddhist monk, no dialogue
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: marseille, france, french riviera, europe
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 6.5
 158
Windhorse (1998)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Clandestinely filmed on location in Chinese-ruled Tibet (several actors and crew members had their names withheld for fear of reprisal), documentarian Paul Wagner's compelling drama follows three young Tibetans faced with moral dilemmas: a ...
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: murder, politics, buddhism, life is a bitch, clergy, coming of age, dishonesty, state affairs, society, crimes, religions or cults, injustice ...
Time: 90s, year 1998, year 1979
Place: tibet, china, asia, himalaya, nepal
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Johnny English Reborn (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The most prominent heads of state in the world begin gathering for a conference that could have a major impact on global politics. When MI-7 receives word that the Chinese premier has become the target of some high-powered killers, it falls on ...
Style: humorous, not serious, exciting, funny, entertaining ...
Plot: assassination attempt, secret agents, espionage, farce, gadget, prime minister, secret agent, james bond spoof, secret service, goofy hero, heroic mission, comedy of errors ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england, europe, asia, hong kong, london ...
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Clan of the White Lotus (1980)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Shaolin practitioners and brothers Wu and Hung kill the merciless Pai Mei. However, Pai Mei's even more merciless brother White Lotus takes revenge; killing most of the Shaolin disciples, including Wu and Hung's girlfriend, leaving only ...
Style: offbeat, stylized, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, rivalry, heroes, graphic violence, uninhibited rivalry, vengeance, master warrior, danger, escapades, shaolin, kung fu classic, qing dynasty ...
Place: asia, china
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Superhero Movie (2008)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: The team behind Scary Movie takes on the comic book genre in this tale of Rick Riker, a nerdy teen imbued with superpowers by a radioactive dragonfly. And because every hero needs a nemesis, enter Lou Landers, aka the villainously goofy Hourglass.
Style: humorous, not serious, funny, idiotic, satirical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: parody, superhero, secret identity, superhero spoof, goofy hero, anti heroes, experiment gone awry, good versus evil, nothing goes right, superhuman powers, save the world, anti hero ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa
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407 Dark Flight 3D (2012)
Genre: Horror
Country: Thailand
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A flight attendant has to deal with a supernatural event when passengers on her plane start to die one at a time.
Style: enigmatic, suspenseful, psychological, suspense
Plot: characters killed one by one, crew, airplane accident, survival, trap, father daughter relationship, terror, airplane, death, survivor, stewardess, selfishness ...
Place: thailand
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No Retreat, No Surrender 2 (1987)
Genre: Adventure, Action
Country: Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In this sequel, Scott Wylde, an American kickboxer, must go to Cambodia to rescue his Vietnamese girlfriend from Russian and Vietnamese troops.
Style: stylized, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, jungle, kidnapping, heroes, master warrior, kung fu, vengeance, danger, graphic violence, daring rescue, rivalry, confined ...
Time: 80s
Place: cambodia, asia, thailand
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 5.6
 2K
Sex and Zen (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A recently married scholar goes on a quest for knowledge of other people's wives, based on his philosophical differences with the Sack Monk. He encounters the Flying Thief, who agrees to help him find women, but only if he attains a penis as ...
Style: erotic, sexual, sexy, surreal, realistic ...
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), transplant, infidelity, voyeurism, obsession, prostitute, transsexual, sexual abuse, danger, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, gender ...
Time: 17th century
Place: hong kong, china, asia, ancient china, tokyo
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Trapped Ashes (2006)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Trapped in a house of horror, seven people discover that the only way they'll get out alive is to tell their scariest stories, setting the stage for five tales from directors Ken Russell, Sean S. Cunningham, Joe Dante, Monte Hellman and John ...
Style: anthology, serious, suspenseful, rough, scary
Plot: vampire, ghost, tour guide, supernatural, afterlife, captivity, zombie, danger, femme fatale, slasher, dangerous attraction, isolation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, japan
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The House Where Evil Dwells (1982)
Genre: Horror
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: At the prompting of his diplomat friend, Alex, writer Ted Fletcher takes his wife, Laura, and daughter, Amy, on an extended working holiday. Alex finds a house for them in Kyoto, Japan, and the Fletchers move in, laughing off rumors that the place ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, bleak, suspense, serious ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, murder, samurai, love affair, adultery, family in danger, family problems, afterlife, infidelity, curse, evil spirit ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, kyoto japan
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 6.2
 514
Treasure Hunt (1994)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A C.I.A. agent is assigned to go to Beijing to look for a hidden "treasure," which turns out to be a woman who has supernatural powers, and is the National Treasure of China.
Style: humorous, stylized, semi serious, exciting, psychotronic
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: supernatural, martial arts, hand to hand combat, supernatural romance, legends and myths, tragic love, on the road, track down, palaces castles and temples, rivalry, special agents, politics ...
Place: hong kong, asia, china, beijing china
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5 Masters of Death (1974)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Hu Te et al. escape the burning Shaolin temple after the Qing soldiers destroyed it in Shaolin Temple. The group of 5 decide to develop secret codes to identify fellow patriots, enlist those patriots and eventually meet up again to escape to the ...
Style: tense, exciting, serious, realistic, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, fistfight, fight, martial arts training, shaolin kung fu, heroes, rivalry, master warrior, tough heroes, palaces castles and temples, mortal combat, battles ...
Place: china, asia
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 1K
Mo (1983)
Genre: Horror
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
Story: After suffering an injury in the ring, embattled boxer Zhen Wei enlists the aid of his brother, Zhen Xiong, to avenge him and find the key to an omen which may release their family from an ancient curse. Black wizards, Taoist monks, rampaging ...
Plot: black magic, buddhist monk, eel, maggot, boxer, brain, crocodile, female full frontal nudity, female nudity, revenge, breasts, buddhism ...
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 5.1
 10K
Elephant White (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An assassin is hired by a businessman to avenge the murder of his daughter by white slave traders in Thailand.
Style: exciting, realistic, suspenseful, rough, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, loss of daughter, one man army, escapades, sex trafficking, chases and races, danger, vengeance, arms dealer, little girl, foot chase, rescue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, asia, bangkok thailand
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 4.4
 18K
The Shaggy Dog (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The tale of a workaholic dad-turned-dog who finds that being man's best friend shows him the most important job - being a great dad.
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, light, offbeat ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing, girls' night, teens ...
Plot: human becomes animal, family, human becoming an animal, dog, experiment gone awry, pets, transformation, parents and children, disorder, family life, genetic engineering, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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