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, psychological, captivating, contemplative, realistic and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with buddhist monk, monk, buddhism, buddhist, religion, violence, supernatural, escapades, danger and death plots mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Comedy genres shot in USA, South Korea, Japan and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as buddhist monk: Zen (2009), Xuan Zang (2016), Samsara (2001), Kundun (1997), Golden Kingdom (2015), The Cup (1999), Oseam (2003), Journey to the West (2014), Bangkok, We Have A Problem! (2014), The Golden Monk (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: philosophical, atmospheric, melancholic, meditative, spiritual ...
Plot: buddhism, isolation, coming of age, existentialism, buddhist monk, life & death, guilt, life, meditation, nature, monk, buddhist ...
Time: 21st century
Place: south korea, korea, india, asia
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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: psychological, atmospheric, captivating, inspirational, contemplative
Plot: buddhism, enlightenment, buddhist monk, zen, religion, meditation, abstinence, poverty, society, self discovery, teaching, asian history ...
Time: 13th century
Place: japan, china
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Xuan Zang (2016)
Genre: Biography, History
Country: China, India
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Buddhism-themed Chinese-Indian historical adventure film based on Xuanzang's seventeen-year overland journey to India during the Tang dynasty in the seventh century. Xuan Zang (c. 602 - 664), was a Chinese Buddhist monk, scholar, traveler, and ...
Style: thought provoking, psychological, captivating
Plot: buddhism, tang dynasty, monk, travel, journey, buddhist monk, introspection, social problems, historical character, life is a bitch, buddhist, coping ...
Time: 7th century
Place: india
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Samsara (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: India, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A love story situated in the Himalayas. A Buddhist monk can't choose between life and the way of the Buddha.
Style: philosophical, thought provoking, atmospheric, sexy, captivating ...
Audience: adult
Plot: buddhism, self discovery, monk, human nature, monastery, buddhist monk, culture clash, zen, buddha, social differences, lifestyle, humanity ...
Place: tibet, asia, india, himalaya
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Kundun (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Monaco, Morocco, USA
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, epic, philosophical, cerebral, touching ...
Plot: buddhism, buddha, buddhist monk, religion, artist, politics, buddhist, intrigue, medieval, childhood, life philosophy, imagination ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: tibet, hiroshima japan, china, asia, pearl harbor ...
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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: serious, touching, tense, atmospheric, contemplative
Plot: orphan, buddhist monk, monk, youth, child in peril, curses spells and rituals, coming of age, escapades, yoga, boy, buddhism, forest ...
Time: 21st century
Place: burma
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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: atmospheric, captivating, thought provoking, serious, psychological ...
Plot: buddhism, buddhist monk, mountain, buddhist, religion, zen, boy, minimal dialogue, monastery, monk, orphan, bull ...
Place: korea, asia
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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: surreal, atmospheric, disturbing, art house, visually appealing ...
Plot: surrealism, reincarnation, supernatural, jungle, ghost, loneliness, existentialism, magic realism, life philosophy, introspection, haunted by the past, farm ...
Time: 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, india, asia, thailand
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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: witty, feel good, touching, humorous, thought provoking ...
Plot: soccer, football, buddhism, buddhist monk, humanity, buddhist, monk, culture clash, friendship, islam, life & death, fantasy world ...
Time: 90s
Place: himalaya, china, london, brazil, tokyo ...
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Oseam (2003)
Genre: Animation, Family
Country: South Korea
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Two orphans, Gamie, a young blind girl and her little brother Gil-sun, are taken in by a Buddhist monk. While the shy little girl finds her at ease at the temple, the enthusiastic and dynamic little Gil-sun soon starts to disturb this quiet place. ...
Style: anime, psychological, sincere, disturbing, captivating
Audience: family outing
Plot: buddhist monk, buddhist temple, brother sister relationship, missing mother, blind child, little boy, children, buddhist, blind man, blindness, orphan, search for mother ...
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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, experimental, spiritual ...
Plot: clergy, solitude, monk, self discovery, introspection, journey, art, buddhist monk, urban, no dialogue
Time: 21st century
Place: marseille, france, europe, french riviera
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Bangkok, We Have A Problem! (2014)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Serge Renart, a television journalist who's now a has-been, and Natacha Bison, a war reporter who has been laid off because she posed too much of a danger to her colleagues, find themselves forced to investigate a story together, which will ...
Style: not serious, humorous, captivating, entertaining, light ...
Plot: investigation, uncover truth, partners, buddhist temple, dead father, jail, weatherman, waterfall, buddhist monk, nightclub, little girl, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century
Place: bangkok thailand, thailand, asia
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The Golden Monk (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The film tells the story of a monk who realizes he is the reincarnation of Golden Child / Taming Dragon Lohan who was cast down from heaven to experience life and death one hundred times as he broke a sacred rule by falling in love with another ...
Style: captivating, disturbing, semi serious, psychological, satirical ...
Plot: monk, reincarnation, buddhist monk, martial arts, demon hunter, good versus evil, supernatural ability, supernatural power, suspense, battles, god, fight ...
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A Chinese Odyssey: Part Three (2016)
Genre: Fantasy
Country: China, Cambodia
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The third chapter of the cult-classic fantasy saga: A Chinese Odyssey. At the end of 'A Chinese Odyssey 2', Zixia managed to see in advance the outcome of the battle. Now, in order to prevent the unfortunate tragedy, she travels back to ...
Style: captivating, psychological, disturbing
Plot: monkey king, legends and myths, medieval, chinese culture, urban legend, wizards and magicians, self discovery, rescue mission, relationships, fall in love, in love, legendary hero ...
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Bulletproof Monk (2003)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy
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, sexy, entertaining, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, good versus evil, prophecy, monk, heroes, culture clash, master warrior, immortality, supernatural, supernatural ability, justice, stereotypes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1943, 21st century
Place: china, hong kong, tibet, san francisco, usa ...
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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.
Style: psychological, disturbing, captivating
Plot: nature, lifestyle change, changing lives, female protagonist, introspection, self discovery, new life, relationships, buddhist monk, thai, tank top
Place: thailand
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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: thought provoking, captivating, bleak, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: buddhism, chinese, buddhist, politics, murder, buddhist monk, religions or cults, injustice, society, state affairs, innocence lost, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, year 1979, year 1998
Place: tibet, himalaya, china, asia, nepal
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Jiu Jitsu (2020)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Every six years, an ancient order of jiu-jitsu fighters joins forces to battle a vicious race of alien invaders. But when a celebrated war hero goes down in defeat, the fate of the planet and mankind hangs in the balance.
Style: intense, stylized, exciting, light, perverse ...
Plot: martial arts, chosen one, battles, heroes, chase, escapades, uninhibited rivalry, mission, rivalry, intergenerational friendship, assistant, betrayal ...
Place: burma
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The Empty Man (2020)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, South Africa, France
Duration: 137 min.
Story: After a group of teens from a small Midwestern town begin to mysteriously disappear, the locals believe it is the work of an urban legend known as The Empty Man. As a retired cop investigates and struggles to make sense of the stories, he discovers ...
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, slasher, scary ...
Plot: occult, suspense, supernatural, suicide, sacrifice, cult, investigation, teenager, death, riddles and clues, legend, cosmic horror ...
Time: year 1995, 2010s, year 2019, 90s
Place: missouri, himalaya
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Gu Family Book (2013)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: South Korea
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Story: Gu Family Book is a 2013 South Korean television series starring Lee Seung-gi and Suzy. The fusion martial arts action historical drama is about a half man-half monster who is searching for a centuries-old book that according to gumiho legend, ...
Style: exciting, captivating, light, humorous
Plot: betrayal, love and romance, couples, rivalry, transformation, healing power, immortality, supernatural, friendship, love, interspecies romance, supernatural power ...
Time: 16th century
Place: korea
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In Another Country (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A three-tiered story centered on a trio of French tourists visiting the same seaside resort.
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, clever, contemplative ...
Plot: beach, lifeguard, human nature, couples, destiny, jealous spouse, french, cheating wife, lighthouse, interracial romance, interracial relations, multiple storylines ...
Time: 21st century
Place: korea, asia, south korea
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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: slasher, serious, rough, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: vampire, afterlife, ghost, tour guide, supernatural, captivity, zombie, femme fatale, dangerous attraction, isolation, murder, suspense ...
Time: 21st century
Place: japan, usa
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Kiss the Sky (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Two professionals, Jeff and Marty, take a business trip to the Philippines. Their deep dissatisfaction with their lives leads them to forsake their friends and families for a return to the alcohol and drug-induced wanderings of their youth.
Style: sexy, talky, realistic, clever, touching ...
Plot: gambling, buddhism, love triangle, on the road, midlife crisis, threesome, couples, dull life, friends, love and romance, hopes, buddies ...
Time: 90s
Place: the philippines, asia
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My Left Eye Sees Ghosts (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A car accident gives a spoiled, troubled young woman the ability to see ghosts, including one of a former classmate.
Style: sincere, sentimental, emotional, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: afterlife, ghost, friendship, unfulfilled love, supernatural, hopes, twists and turns, last wish, dealing with death, redemption, supernatural ability, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century
Place: hong kong, china, asia
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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, serious, psychotronic ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, love affair, murder, samurai, adultery, family in danger, family problems, infidelity, afterlife, female nudity, curse ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo
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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: exciting, semi serious, humorous, stylized, psychotronic
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: supernatural, kung fu, gunfight, suspense, fistfight, martial arts, cia, clergy, undercover, track down, special agents, escapades ...
Place: asia, hong kong, china, beijing china
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Omaha (1995)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: From the co-founder of Slamdance comes the story of a young man who returns home from a trip abroad to confront not just his peculiar family and friends, but also a pair of Colombian jewel thieves and a roving gang of Iowa kickboxers, culminating in ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, student film
Plot: family relations, gang, chase, religions or cults, on the road, cons and scams, homecoming, martial arts, self discovery, rivalry, criminal heroes, on the run ...
Time: 90s
Place: nepal, nebraska, asia, usa
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X (1996)
Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The story takes place in 1999, the Year of Destiny, and the beginning of the end of the world. The future of the universe rests on one young man, Kamui Shiro, who must destroy either the Dragons of Earth or the Dragons of Heaven - two opposing ...
Style: suspenseful, anime, serious, futuristic, stylized
Plot: apocalypse, supernatural, save the world, good versus evil, heroes, destiny, end of the world, oracle, chaos, heroic mission, catastrophe, sword ...
Time: future, year 1999
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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American Shaolin (1991)
Genre: Action
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After being humiliated in the ring by a dirty kickboxer who pulled down his shorts and then hit him, a martial arts master decides to travel to China and enter a monastery where he may learn the Shaolin form of fighting. The film then veers into ...
Style: realistic, exciting, rough, serious, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kickboxer, fight, master warrior, vengeance, contests and competitions, misfit, escapades, uninhibited rivalry, rivalry, tough heroes, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, china, asia, beijing china
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Snake-Crane Secret (1976)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Snake and Crane Secret is a fast paced martial arts action film about a familys battle for survival. A family tries to uphold their honor while keeping their Sacred Kung Fu book from getting into the wrong hands. A tale of deceit mistrust and ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, campy, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, medieval, kung fu, kung fu classic, master warrior, heroes, qing dynasty, graphic violence, family relations, tough heroes, gangsters, lone wolves ...
Place: hong kong
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