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Hi! Dharma!

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Director  Cheol-kwan Park
Language  Korean
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Comedy
Writer  Gyu-tae Park
Hi! Dharma! movie poster
Release date  November 7, 2001 (2001-11-07)
Initial release  November 9, 2001 (South Korea)
Sequel  Hi! Dharma 2: Showdown in Seoul
Music director  Park Jin Seok, Sin Ho-seop
Cast  Park Shin-yang (Jae-gyu), Jung Jin-young (Monk Jeong-myeong), Park Sang-Myeon (Bul-kom), Seong-jin Kang (Nal-chi), Kyoung-In Hong (Rookie), Mu-hyeon Lee (Dae-ho)
Similar movies  Jung Jin-young and Ryu Seung-Su appear in Hi! Dharma! and Once Upon a Time in a Battlefield

Hi! Dharma! (Hangul: 달마야 놀자; RR: Dalmaya Nolja; literally "Hey Dharma Let's Play") is a 2001 South Korean comedy about gangsters who hide out in a monastery. With 3,746,000 admissions, it was the fifth highest-grossing Korean film of 2001.


Hi! Dharma! movie scenes

A sequel titled Hi! Dharma 2: Showdown in Seoul was released in 2004.


Five gangsters escape in a van after a bloody confrontation with the rival Chunno gang. They realize that they have a snitch in their own gang and that they can't get out of the country because the police will be looking for them. So they go to the mountains and hide in a Buddhist monastery.

But the monks there don't want the gangsters as their guests. They decide that if the gangsters can win three out of five contests, the gangsters can stay, but if they lose, they must leave immediately. The gangsters win enough contests, the last of them being suggested by the eldest monk: a challenge to fill up a broken water pot without plugging up the hole. The gangsters come up with the idea of putting the pot into the river. They are allowed to stay for a week. But the younger monks still can't tolerate the gangsters, and attempt to persuade them to leave.

Meanwhile, the boss among the gangsters realizes who betrayed them but goes ahead and contacts him anyway, disclosing his location. The former colleagues, now defected to the Chunno gang, show up near the monastery, dig a shallow mass grave and throw the gangsters they betrayed into it. But the monks come to the rescue of their unwanted guests.

Back at the monastery, both the monks and the gangsters are saddened to learn of the death of the eldest monk. After the funeral, the gangsters leave. Months later, they make varied donations to the monastery in gratitude for their hospitality.


  • Park Shin-yang ... Jae-gyu
  • Jung Jin-young ... Monk Jeong-myeong
  • Park Sang-myun ... Bul-kom
  • Kang Sung-jin ... Nal-chi
  • Kim Su-ro ... Wang Ku-ra
  • Hong Kyoung-in ... Rookie
  • Kim In-mun ... Master
  • Kim Young-moon
  • Lee Dae-yeon ... Chang-guen
  • Lee Mu-hyeon ... Dae-ho
  • Lee Moon-sik .. Monk Dae-bong
  • Lee Won-jong ... Monk Hyeon-gak
  • Im Hyun-kyung ... Yeun-hwa
  • Ryu Seung-soo ... Monk Myung-chun
  • Kwon Oh-min ... Boy monk
  • Trivia

    The male actors who played the monks and the only actress in the movie (Im Hyun-kyung), who played the nun Yeun-hwa, actually shaved their heads for the movie.


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