Kim addresses faith, human nature and free will head on in this beautiful film, which charts the evolution of a Buddhist monk through the different chapters of his life. Located entirely in and around an isolated water-bound temple, and told at an unhurried meditative pace, this easily qualifies as Kim’s most tranquil film, but nonetheless features sadism, lust, jealousy and murder on the road to enlightenment.

This is an extract from a feature I wrote for Badass Digest here