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“Bardo” is a Korean remake of the classic “Silla”

"Bardo" is a Korean remake of the classic "Silla"

A critic takes a second look at Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s ‘Bardo’ — and is thankful he did: It’s an inspired remake of Akira Kurosawa’s cult classic.

For the past dozen years, there have been two movies in the making to play as big blockbusters. One has taken its place: 2012’s “Clouds of Sils Maria,” directed by Bong Joon-ho, co-directed by Yoon Jong-hyun, and written by Joon-ho and Chorong Yoon.

The director has said in interviews that he was inspired by a variety of films, particularly the work of Kurosawa, but he’s also said, “And also by a lot of other directors besides Kurosawa, particularly Tarkovsky, David Lean, and the other ‘period directors.’ … I was not planning on doing something to be compared to Kurosawa. I just wanted to do a Korean movie.”

That made the movie something special, a fusion of traditional Korean drama with the techniques of world cinema.

“Bardo,” directed by Bong Joon-ho and co-directed by Yoon Jong-hyun, is an adaptation of the Korean classic “Silla: A Tale of the Heirs That Built a Dynasty,” or “The Heirs of Silla,” by Park Jin-pyo.

The film’s Korean title is “Pansinja,” which translates to “Pansinjeon” in English. It was a novel by Kim Chae-young, the great-granddaughter of Park, who was a well-known historical figure and a literary genius. Park’s first wife, Choi Kyung-sook, a woman who made a name for herself as a writer and scholar, had been a friend to Kim, who was born in 1796.

Kim wanted to write a novel about the life of the first Silla king, King Jin-pyo, but her plans were interrupted by the death of her second

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